Artist Sandcastle Competition
We all know and cherish the sweet summer pastime of making sandcastles along the beach. Whether they were successful or not, we built them anyway. Fortunately, New York-based artists no longer have to fear that their sandcastle-making days are over.
This past Friday, the non-profit public arts organization, Creative Time, hosted its inaugural Artist Sandcastle Competition in the Far Rockaways. From 3 to 6pm, thirteen different artists, such as Kenya Robinson, Ryan MNamara and Tom Sachs dug, sculpted, and sweat it out until the judges called time. Each winner was presented with a bottle of tequila and either a bronze, silver or gold-plated shovel. Clever. Creative Time director, Anne Pasternack commented, “At Creative Time we take art very seriously. We also take fun very seriously.” And fun it was. Here are some of our top highlights:
1. Judge accessories. Although no uniform was required, each judge scurried the sandcastle playing field sporting red life preservers, which were actually canteens that read “Save Water, Drink Beer.”
2. Artist, Marie Devo’s rendering of the Roman Colosseum. In sand. Not to mention, her team donned togas while they worked.
3. A handful of kids designated their own sandcastle space alongside Tom Sachs’ team but accused Team Sachs of cheating for using an electric pump to vacuum out water from their hole (an attempt to dig to China). Not to worry, there were no rules against speed-inducing mechanical devices.
4. Artist, Dustin Yellin created not a sandcastle, but a dual-functioning sand pit. The work was titled “Bowl Cuts” and half acted as a sand-surrounded hair salon, while the other half was transformed into a mini bowling alley.
And for the winners…
BRONZE- Jen DeNike’s realistic sculpture of a reclining nude woman dreaming of a sandcastle. (Her work was the only one that included a traditional sandcastle.)
SILVER- William Lamson’s immaculate giant sand cone.
GOLD- Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw’s live, multi-tiered fountain. The artist pair and two other teammates perched on platforms and spurt out water from their mouths. Performance art counts! Check out the Movie!
By Kierstin Ruppert
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