Date Of Visit: July 29, 2017 (competition took place July 21-23)
Location: 850 Revere Beach Parkway, Revere, MA
Hours: open daily 24 hours a day
Parking: Street parking is available. There are also parking lots nearby that charge a flat rate for all day parking. Parking rates vary depending on the time of the year.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: sand sculptures
Website: Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival
Playing in the sand isn’t just for children. Each year, some of the most accomplished sand sculptors across the globe converge on Revere Beach to compete for the title of Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Champion. This year, 15 sand sculptors threw their sandals in the ring to compete for this coveted title.
Since we had a lot of rain recently, some of the sculptures had some damage to them. In fact, one sand sculptor was pretty much entirely damaged. I usually try to attend the actual sand sculpting event but I had a previous engagement that weekend. The sculptures were only one week old. But, they did have visible damage in the photos.
It didn’t feel the same without the crowds, the hustle and bustle of the street vendors and street performers. Each winning sand sculpture was marked with their place and a quick bio of each sculptor. So, without further delay, the winners are….
First place went to Pavel Mylnikov from Moscow, Russia for his sculpture “Soul Evolution.”
Jonathan “Jobi” Bouchard from Montreal, Canada came in second with his sculpture “Two Energies”.
The third place winner and winner of the “Sculptor’s Choice Award, was “In Justice We Trust”, by Andrius Petkus, from Lithuana. Unfortunately, it destroyed by the weather or some other forces. Below is a photo of the sand sculpture from Revere Beach’s Facebook page as well as Cheatsheetoflife’s website..
The fourth place sand sculpture was “Dunkaroos!” by Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Fifth place went to Leonardo Ugolini of Forli, Italy for “The Monstrous Gorge.”
There were many more sand sculptures worthy of recognition. The following sand sculptures did not win any awards. But, they are still worthy of being mentioned.
“Remembering Self” by Morgan Rudluff from Santa Cruz, California.
Dan Belcher from St. Louis, Missouri, sculpted “Rock. Paper Scissors.”
One of my favorites, “Even Though We’re Oceans Apart, You’re Always Near In My Heart” was sculpted by Sue McGrew of Tacoma, Washington.
“Whisper In The Dark” was sculpted by Dmitry Klimenko of St. Petersburg, Russia. The sculpture was dedicated to H.P. Lovecraft, a New England native (Providence RI) who died 80 years ago this past March.
Deborah Barrett-Cutulle, of Saugus, MA, sculpted “Wishful Thinking.”
This sculpture,”Who Are You” by Susanne Ruseler of Ultretch, Netherlands, had a sculpture of a boy next to the dragon before it was destroyed by the weather.
Below is a photo of the sculpture from Cheatsheetsoflife’s website.
Steve Topazio, from the United States, sculpted “The Sand With The Dragon Tattoo.”
I could not find a name nor the name of the sculptor for this sand sculpture.
Paul Hogard from Bulguria won the “People’s Choice” Award for “Save The Elephants.”
Dogs are welcome at Revere Beach. I met Tony, a 4 and a half year old pit bull mix, there. He’s such a natural poser!
There is no set date for when the sculptures will be taken down. The website for the event states they will stay up until the weather erodes them. Some of them were already beginning to erode when I went to visit last weekend. But, some of them may still be up now!
Today’s Featured website is Cheatsheetsoflife.
Cheatsheetoflife took some wonderful photos of the sand sculptures during the sand sculpting festival.