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Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest 2013 (slide show)

The annual Sand Sculpting Contest drew thousands of spectators and participants to the Coney Island beach for an afternoon of incredible sand creations.


'Tis the season for beaches and sandcastles—hot on the (sandy) heels of the Creative Time Sandcastle Competition on Rockaway Beach, the 2013 Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest took place on Saturday, August 17. The competition, now in its 23rd year, brought the beaches of Coney Island to life with castles, mermaids, and replicas of NYC landmarks—all carefully crafted with only sand, water, and lots of creativity.

From noon to 5pm, trained professionals mingled with family teams, amateur sculptors, and fun-loving kids in a quest to create the coolest, most imaginative sand sculpture.  Entries included an amazing rendition of the New York Aquarium (complete with a lifelike walrus, sea lion and penguin), a gigantic brain, and a model of Coney Island’s Luna Park created by professional sand sculptor Chuck Feld. As the contestants molded their sculptures and a lineup of bands and dance groups provided musical entertainment, little ones looked on—many getting inspired to build their own sand-based masterpieces. Click through our photos for a look at some of the day’s creations.

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk

Photograph: Alex Strada

Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on the Coney Island Boardwalk


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