Dustin Yellin's team constructs its "Bowl Cuts" salon.
Jen DeNike (3rd place) gives life to her lady in the sand.
And the Shelter Serra latrine goes here.…
Are you not entertained by Marie Lorenz's Roman Colosseum?
Tom Sachs and studio dig most of the way to China.
Jen DeNike's team is well on its way to third place.
Oh, what? This old thing? Marie Lorenz's team goes classical.
Mary Mattingly's team refines its design.
Team Laura Wass and Amit Greenberg fulfill some kind of prophecy.
This looks great, Team Kenya Robinson, but how are you getting out of there?
Team Ryan McNamara is very serious about sand castles. Very serious.
Dustin Yellin's "Bowl Cuts"
Shelter Serra and Miya Ando refine their moat design.
Team Tom Sachs might consider building a sand ladder.
William Lamson's team goes for geometric perfection.
Team William Lamson needs to get some interns.
Behold the glory of Snarkitecture.
Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw win the contest with living fountains.
All hail the winning team of Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw.
Laura Wass and Amit Greenberg's creation demands a sacrifice.
Champions Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw celebrate.
Creative Time provides the shovels.
Creative Time judges Nato Thompson, Kyle Hardin DeWoody, Anne Pasternak, Walter Robinson and Meredith Johnson are the law around these parts.
Team William Lamson's second-place sand creation
Members of Team William Lamson put their backs into it.
Snarkitecture's castle is see-through.
Behold the gladiators of Team Marie Lorenz, posing in front of the Colosseum.
Dustin Yellin and his team break ground.
Snarkitecture before it was Snarkitecture.
William Lamson's team lays the foundation for its conical masterpiece.
The inaugural Creative Time Sandcastle Competition at Rockaway Beach gave local artists three hours in which to construct sand monuments that would stand until the end of time—or at least until the tide came in. Living fountains, traditional sand strongholds and even a fair likeness of the Roman Colosseum transformed the oceanfront landscape of Queens for the day, and perhaps signaled the start of a new New York summer tradition.
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