Wordless Wednesday: Sandsculptures from 2011 Siesta Key Crystal Classic

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Kirk Rademaker and Helena Bangert, "Key of C - Esta"

Kirk Rademaker and Helena Bangert, "Key of C - Esta"

Siesta Key’s powder soft, white sand served as the artistic medium for 12 pairs of Master Sandsculptors competing in the 2011 Siesta Key Crystal Classic World Championships over the weekend. Can I just say, “awesome”? I’ll just let the images do the talking.

The sculpture called “Nightmares” by Master Sandculptors Karen Fralich and Dan Belch captured first place along with People’s Choice and Sculptor’s Choice Awards. “Something Fishy” earned Mote Marine’s Award and took second place overall while “Back to School Nightmares” rounded out the top three.

Enjoy and plan to attend in 2012!

Chris Guinto and Rusty Croft, "Something Fishy" Earned Second Place, Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

Chris Guinto and Rusty Croft, "Something Fishy" Earned Second Place, Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

Rodrigo Ferreira and Lucinda Wierenga, "Ab-Duction" Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

Rodrigo Ferreira and Lucinda Wierenga, "Ab-Duction" Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

Amazin Walter and Joo Heng Tan, "What a Catch" Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

Amazin Walter and Joo Heng Tan, "What a Catch" Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

John Gowdy and Brad Goll, "Back to School Nightmare", Earned Third Place, Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

John Gowdy and Brad Goll, "Back to School Nightmare", Earned Third Place, Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

"Nightmares" by Master Sandculptors Karen Fralich and Dan Belch Won 2011's Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Championships, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

"Nightmares" by Master Sandculptors Karen Fralich and Dan Belch Won 2011's Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Championships, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

Dan Belch and Karen Fralich Who Sculpted "Nightmares" Celebrates their Win at the Siessta Key Crystal Classic, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

Dan Belch and Karen Fralich Who Sculpted "Nightmares" Celebrates their Win at the Siessta Key Crystal Classic, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 2011

View additional photos including some from Day 2 of the competition over on Flickr.

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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2 Comments

  1. Love Siesta Key! Amazing sculptures. Looks like a really cool event.

  2. It was very cool and bigger than last year’s! Looking forward to what 2012 will bring 🙂

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