By Luke Whittaker
Chinook Observer 

Sand & 'aardvark snot': The not-so-fine art of sand sculpting


Last updated 7/28/2022 at 10:05am

Luke Whittaker, Chinook Observer

Onlookers admire a sand sculpture by Lisa Donze.

LONG BEACH - All you need is sand and water - and a little bit of aardvark snot.

The multi-day summer Sandsations event delighted onlookers last week as several sand artists created one-of-a-kind sculptures, particularly along the Bolstad Beach approach, where the week-long contest culminated Saturday afternoon. Among the incredible array of artwork was everything from buffalo to an ever-popular Christmas postcard scene.

"It's Santa Claus in a sports car, part of the holidays at the beach postcard photo op," said artist Wade Lapp, 39, of Kelso, working alongside his wife, Brittany. "It's cool because you're forming and expressing art out something that starts as a pile of sand."

The postcard scene alone required approximately 20 yards of sand, weighing more than 50,000 pounds.

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