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Free sand sculpture show 'Sanding Ovations' dazzles on the beach all this week in Treasure Island

Sand artists use a lot of humor and patience
Posted at 4:18 AM, Nov 18, 2020

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. — Giant woolly mammoths are rising out of the sand in Treasure Island.

The majestic beach beasts are all part of Sanding Ovations, a free sand sculpture show running this week on the beach near Gulf Front Park.

The annual art show suffered serious setbacks this year. The pandemic kept international artists from traveling here this year.

Instead, the best from the U.S. and Canada will compete for bragging rights about who's the crowd favorite.

On top of that, last week Tropical Storm Eta wiped out some early work. Credit the talented artists with creating dazzling works in a short amount of time.

And yes, they somehow only use sand and water.

The theme this year is "Sandhenge," a sprawling Paleolithic village packed with inside jokes about modern conveniences (like shell phones or the first dating app).

The public is invited to come out and watch the artists work. The event will also include refreshments, a bar, live music, fireworks and more.

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