This was the most challenging sand sculpture I've ever made - it took about 7 hours, including a few breaks to swim and cool off (couldn't resist that ocean just a few feet away). I gathered driftwood for an hour (glad the beach was empty - I must have looked crazy, especially dragging the big branch that makes up his legs and torso), than spent 2-3 hours tieing the sticks together with twine to make the figure It took another 3 hours to coat the figure in layers of wet and dry sand until it looked like it was all made of sand. The first photo is just the sticks, the second is halfway through the sand-dripping, and the last one is when I called it quits.

While I'm absolutely thrilled that this idea actually worked, I admit to being a little disappointed that the arms and back leg sunk a bit as I added sand, so that the "running-man" figure I was aiming for became harder to discern by the end. And I wish it didn't look so creepy!

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Taken on September 21, 2006