2012 GOP Sand Sculpture ~ Myrtle Beach, SC

Monday, January 16, 2012

"Like SANDS through the hourglass,"
so the history of life is made!

This past weekend, my friend, Lisa, and I traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC,
to "see a man about a dog!"
{In southern terms, that means we were on a top secret mission that will be revealed at a later time! "smiles"}

From our 11th floor hotel room at the Sheraton/ Convention Center, we had the view below, of a huge mound of sand.  Our curiosity got the best of us, so we wandered downstairs to the site to inquire just what was going on.

Down in the lobby, we passed signs such as the one below.

Thinking it was a Mini Mount Rushmore,
the closer we got, the more evident the mound became.

The mound of sand was the makings of a Sand Sculpture for the 2012 Republican Party Primary that was to be held tonight (Monday), in Myrtle Beach.

Lisa and I were literally in the right place, at the right time!
The volunteers let us wander within the barricade to take pictures.  
But upon reflection, we were wearing name badges concerning our "mission," and I think they may have mistaken us for the press, which were snapping away as well! 

A team of five sculptors, was made up of men from Canada, England, and the US.  They travel the world creating sand sculptures.  The 535 ton sculpture featuring all the Republican Party Candidates, took 6 days to create. 

Newt's and Ron Paul's were the most life-like.  The sculpture also included a sand portrait of Huntsman, who withdrew from the race today.  The sculptors had actual head shots taped to the side of each face for guidance.

The GOP symbol...

The sand sculpture was sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A side sculpture was created commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his birthday.

As we left Myrtle Beach Saturday Evening, we noted that the sculpture was progressing quickly.
From clips seen on the news today, I observed that upper body features had been added later to the faces.

Hats off to the very gifted and talented artisans who created the beautiful display!


"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
  ~John W. Gardner


  1. They just showed this on the debate. Awesome. (Go Newt!) :) Sorry, couldn't resist.

  2. I was able to catch part of the debate but not all and apparently I missed the part with this. This is awesome! How fun for you to get to see it and get so close to it. Hmmmm, now I'm wondering about those name badges and the man and his dog! Hope you share with us later what this secret mission was all about!

  3. Wow... that is awesome! So neat that you got to see that up close!

  4. So cool Rhonda! It's great you go to see it for real up close. Looking forward to hearing what your mission was about!! Kathi


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