Call Me Master Sand Sculptor

I have been so inspired by the exceptional sand sculptures on the beaches of Fuengirola that I’ve been thinking of trying my hand at the art. Then I remembered that I used to be quite talented myself when I was a kid. My specialty was the harbor seal.

KISS THE FROG IN FUENGIROLA…
AND ALL YOU GET IS SANDY LIPS.
NATIVE AMERICANS A LA FUENGIROLA.
(THE PEACE PIPE, CAMPFIRE, AND VOLCANO ALL  GET LIT AT NIGHT… AS DO THE SCULPTORS.)

Although my harbor seal wasn’t bad, I never honed it to the level shown by these local artists. And I don’t have any photos to share. But I did find a shot of one of my “sand fortresses” under construction in the mid 1980s. San Geraldo and I were on the beach in Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts (about 20 miles/32 km north of Plymouth Rock where San Geraldo’s ancestors landed the Mayflower in 1620). It was one of our many visits with good friends who lived there. In the photo, I’m caught mid-creation; the evil San Geraldo is caught as he’s about to splash cold water on our sweet, unaware, friend Sarah (now a mother of two). From the looks of things, it’s good I hadn’t yet quit my day job.

I BUILT IT MYSELF. 
(OH, ALRIGHT! I WAS ONLY SARAH’S ASSISTANT.)

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

18 thoughts on “Call Me Master Sand Sculptor”

    1. Jacquelineand….
      Yeah, that frog is a bit creepy. He was created by the same guy who created the beautiful crocodiles. I assumed it was a frog PRINCE. But the artist added the word "PRINCES" to his creation… The same guy who wrote EVERY IS LOVE in front of the crocodiles. That has since been shortened to LOVE. I'm sure someone will soon tell him to add or remove an S.

    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      I would so love it, but it looks to me like this level of artistry requires a lot more than a pail and shovel. AND, I'm not big on creating with an audience in attendance. Maybe it will at least inspire me to take my sketch book down to the beach.

  1. We want Mitch's sculptures, we want Mitch's sculptures!!! No pressure…..

    Oh yes, when Speedos were 'king'!! Those were the days!

  2. Love the pic of you. 🙂

    A definite lack of sand here in Mpls, but our snow and ice sculptures are gorgeous.

    And then, of course, as with so many things winter-related, there is drinking. 🙂

    Pearl

    1. Sharon:
      I love how Sand Bar constantly evolves. The others are allowed to crumble. The alpine village is also constantly evolving. I think some of the artists can't completely let go of their creations.

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