Schenley Plaza to host International Sand Sculpting Competition

The event commemorates Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial with massive sand sculptures.

Starting this weekend, Schenley Plaza in Oakland will be covered in more than 100 tons of sand.

Ten world-class sand sculptors will be competing in the “Sand City Spectacular International Master Sand Sculpting Championship.” The ten sculptors, from seven different nations, will be split into five, two-person teams each working with 40 tons of sand. They are given 54 hours work time over a week to make their creation. 

The objective is to create a sand marvel and win a share of the $14,000 purse. The sculptors will be creating nostalgic and historical Pittsburgh landmarks in honor of the city’s 200th birthday.

“Anything from beautiful figures that have been made and then abstract designs, architecture. They are the best in the world. These people are fantastic. If you come down here, you are going to be blown away,” sand sculptor Jill Harris told KDKA-TV.

A weekend celebration July 9-10 will officially cap the Colcom Foundation-sponsored event.


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