Sand-castle contests at Rockaway Beach and Coney Island

Watch artists, amateurs and kids battle it out with a bucket and spade at two upcoming sand-castle competitions.

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  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Creative Time Artist Sandcastle Competition 2012

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Creative Time Artist Sandcastle Competition 2012

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Creative Time Artist Sandcastle Competition 2012

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Creative Time Artist Sandcastle Competition 2012

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Creative Time Artist Sandcastle Competition 2012

  • Photograph: Derek Schultz/courtesy Creative Time

    Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw at the Creative Time Artist Sandcastle Competition 2012

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest 2012

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest 2012

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest 2012

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest 2012

  • Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest 2012

  • Photograph: Carin van der Donk

    Vincent D'Onofrio at the Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest 2012

Photograph: Jena Cumbo

Creative Time Artist Sandcastle Competition 2012

Creative Time Artist Sandcastle Competition

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Ten teams are set to throw down in this second annual Rockaway bout, which kicks off with “beach time,” when you can mingle with the crafters (noon–2pm), and culminates in an after-party at Rippers with DJ Lucas Walters (6–9pm). Beginning at 2pm, contestants have three hours to build their grainy artworks, which will be judged by a six-person panel; among the arbiters are MoMA chief curator at large and MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, and 2012 winners Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw (read our cheat sheet, right, for their tips on how to win their favor). Expect to be impressed: The inaugural edition featured a Roman Colosseum by Marie Lorenz, a tunnel to China by Tom Sachs, and a hair-salon-cum-bowling-alley by Dustin Yellin. Local food vendors, including Rockaway Taco and Caracas Rockaway, will be on-site throughout the day to fuel the creativity. creativetime.org/events. Noon–9pm; free.

View photos from the Creative Time Artist Sandcastle Competition 2013

  1. Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Boardwalk, between Beach 9th and 149th Sts
  2. Fri Aug 9
More info

Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This Coney Island competition is open to experienced artists and amateurs alike; would-be Michelangelos can register online at coneyislandfunguide.com or in person on the day. There are individual and group categories for both adults and children, as well as a mixed division for families. Last year’s winning entries included a giant sandwich, a Harry Potter–inspired castle and a comment on domestic violence in the form of a crouching woman covering her face. In the mixed category, actor Vincent D’Onofrio and his family took home first place for a pirate’s treasure chest. If you’re thinking of entering, D’Onofrio advises that you do your homework: “Download a lesson on how to sculpt on the beach, because you have to know some basics like how to get the sand to stick. And bring lots of suntan lotion.” His wife, Carin van der Donk, suggests delegating thoughtfully. “Make sure there is something to do for all age groups and abilities, even if it’s the ability to make hot-dog and ice-cream runs.” Live bands, dance troupes and a magician will entertain spectators on the boardwalk while the sculptures take shape. astelladevelopment.org. Noon–5pm; free.

  1. Coney Island Boardwalk Boardwalk, at 10th St
  2. Sat Aug 16
More info


Cheat sheet


Creative Time judges (and 2012 winners) Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw set expectations for this year’s sandcastle competition.

Time Out New York: Tell me about your winning sculpture last year.
Outlaw:
We had a giant Trevi Fountain that featured us as the figureheads. Jen was at the top, surrounded by muscular, well-cut men, and we spat water on ourselves and everyone that came walking by.

Time Out New York: How did people respond to that?
Catron: They thought it was pretty hilarious. There aren’t many occasions in New York City where you can spit on people and they’re pleased with it.
Outlaw: People were actually allowing us to spit on them not only in the name of art, but in the name of sand-castle art, which is even more ridiculous.

Time Out New York: What was the biggest challenge working with sand?
Catron: It’s very heavy. The best advice we could give people is to start training now: Lift weights, carry buckets of water, lift sand.
Outlaw: And [stick to] a very strict diet of bacon and beer. You have to build your proteins and your carbohydrates all at once.

Time Out New York: How have you prepared for this year’s competition?
Outlaw: We’ve been training all year long judging random people on the sidewalk. We’ve honed our skills and we’re prepared to judge just about anyone.

Time Out New York: What are you looking for in a sand castle?
Catron: Well first off, we completely understand that no one will be able to beat our sculpture from last year. So knowing that and going forward, I think that people should have fun with it while bringing in their aesthetic, because it really is about your artwork. And nudity is encouraged.
Outlaw: We do look out for creativity and style. We also accept bribes and compliments; that will get you very far.

Time Out New York: I imagine you—as former contestants—will be able to see through any cheating.
Outlaw: Cheating is against the rules, but you will not necessarily be disqualified if I catch you. I’m rather impressed by cheaters. It takes creativity to cheat well.
Catron: And really, artists steal ideas from everybody, so the word cheating is kind of difficult to nail down when it comes to art. But I will not accept straight-up cheating.

Time Out New York: What would you like to see from the contestants?
Outlaw: I would like to see some cheating.
Catron: I want to see some creativity. I want to see some fun. I want to see some competitiveness. I want to see people bust out some awesome sand-castle art. I’m pretty excited about it.
Outlaw: And look out for the winner of this year’s judging competition, because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be us.


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