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Dozens of dazzling sculptures on display through Oct. 3 | World Championship of Sand Sculpting winners | VIDEO and SLIDESHOW
Dozens of finished sculptures will be on display through Oct. 3 at The World Championship of Sand Sculpting. Although the sculptors rely on glue to hold their works together, a few sculptures fell victim to last weekend's rain.
The World Championship of Sand Sculpting runs 10 a.m. to dusk Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hillside Plaza parking lot, 31510 20th Ave. S. (near the Federal Way Transit Center). Follow the signs from the South 320th Street exit off Interstate 5.
List of winning sculptures:
Team competition winners
Gold: The Macha's, "Dreams." Team members are Charlotte Kolff, Marielle Heessels, Adriana van Rosmalen, Susanne Ruseler and Nicola Wood.
Silver: Team USA, "Open Mind." Team members are Matt Long, Kirk Rademaker, Jeff Strong and Fred Mallett.
Bronze: The Sandboxers, "Connected." Team members are Ken Abrams, Andrew Biggs, Mike Hearst, Greg Jacklin, Damon Langlois and Brian Turnbough.
Doubles competition winners
Gold: Hanneke Supply and Martijn Rijerse, "Distance Gives Perspective"
Silver: JooHeng Tan and Helena Bangert, "Human Balance"
Bronze: John Gowdy and Ray Villafane, "Spiritual Visions"
Solo competition winners
Gold: Thomas Koet, "Whirlwind"
Silver: Alexey Schchitov, Untitled
Bronze: Wilfred Stiger, "Facing the Negative"
Fourth: Dan Belcher, "Icuras II"
Fifth: Fergus Mulvany, "Magnetic Feels"
Watch the video above - or check out this short Flickr slideshow from Sept. 18:
If you go:
• Cost is $8.50 for an adult day pass or $6.50 for seniors and children. Season and family passes are also available. Visit www.worldchampionshipofsandsculpting.com to learn more.
• Sept. 8-11: Doubles competition. Each team of two will have six hours to pound two semi-loads of sand into forms from which to start carving. From that point, the teams will have 22 hours of time between Sept. 9-11 to finish their sculptures.
• Week of Sept. 12: Master sculptors will carve display sculptures in the gallery.
• Sept. 15-18: Solo and team competitions. Teams with an average of five members each, alongside solo competitors, will shovel and compact sand in preparation for sculpting the rest of the week.
• Sept. 18: Judging and awards ceremony. A panel of international sculptors (three American, one Swiss and one Russian) will judge the sculptures, with awards issued at an invitation-only ceremony.
• Sept. 19 to Oct. 3: Meet the masters. This is an opportunity for spectators and tour groups to meet sculptors as they work in galleries.
• Special displays: The event will feature a tribute to talk show host Oprah Winfrey as well as a tribute to military veterans, MIA/POWs and active duty personnel. The latter sculpture is associated with Rolling Thunder, a national organization dedicated to veterans' causes.
• Food and vendors will be available.