Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SF Carve: Inaugural Sand Sculpture International Competition Docks in the Presidio

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Sand art of Sue McGrew, a featured artist at SF Carve. - SF CARVE/ FACEBOOK
  • SF Carve/ Facebook
  • Sand art of Sue McGrew, a featured artist at SF Carve.

San Francisco beaches aren't know for being luxurious getaways like their Southern California and Florida counterparts. Infamously known for being too extreme in wind, fog, and overall cold weather, it's apt that they will be the site for an extreme sports competition.

No, it won't be another America's Cup or surfing event; rather, this will be out of the water and onto the beach -- literally.

Hub Strategy, a San Francisco PR and advertising agency will host the first ever, international sand sculpture competition called Carve San Francisco with nine sculptors and their respective teams flown in from all over the world for five days to create massive works of art from more than 400 tons of sand.

The nine artists will come from various parts of the United States (Florida, California, and Washington State), Canada, South Korea, and China. Notable artists include Lawrence Noble, Chairman of Academy of Art's sculpting department; Rusty Croft, noted personality on Travel Channel's program Sand Masters; and JOOheng Tan, a Singapore artist often referred to as "Vincent Sand Gogh," among others.

"As a surfer and someone who has enormous respect for surf artistry, we are looking forward to watching the amazing sculptures emerge," said DJ O'Neil, founder and co-creative director at Hub Strategy in a press release.

Carve will be held from Oct. 15-20 in the Presidio near Sports Basement and will include daily activities like "Sandcastles & Schools" where Bay Area students in K-12 are invited to meet the artists, learn about the importance of ocean and beach preservation and restoration and to wiggle and frolic in the sandy dunes.

But before the sand castles crumble, this event isn't made to erect temporary monuments. The proceeds from this competition will benefit two local charities: the San Francisco Chapter of Surfrider Foundation and Sustainable Surf.

What: Carve SF Sand Sculpture Competition

When: Oct. 15-20

Where: Presidio, near Sports Basement. (610 Old Mason)

Cost: Free

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

About The Author

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"