REVERE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Under the burning sun and standing on hot sands, sand sculptors flocked in droves to the 18th annual Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, though only one walked away with first place this weekend.
The theme for 2022's competition was "Wonders of the World," where sculptors were challenged to create world-class pieces of art from just grains of sand. But out of all the monumental creations, Abe Waterman's sculpture "The Devil Is An Angel Too," won first place.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy was there to get a peek at the winning sand statue, and to sift through the thoughts of those standing in awe on Revere Beach.
"It's amazing, the craftsmanship, I have no idea how much time these things take but they're really incredible," said one onlooker.
Artists in the competition had about four days to pat together their entries, though they'll be sticking around for much longer than that. As sand sculptor Melineige Beauregard said her creation along with others will stand for another few weeks following the festival.
"Combined we probably have a hundred years of experience," Beauregard said about her and her fellow artists.
When asked how the judges decided on a winner, Beauregard said there's certain attributes they look for in a piece.
"In the 'wow' factor there's a lot of things like how the pieces are carved, if there's any technicality to it," Beauregard said. The "People's Choice" winning sand sculpture was Saugus resident Deb Barrett-Cutulle's "Sky Shadows" was designed to show a "blue sky" color with transparent portions.
According to RevereTV, the winners of the 18th annual Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival were:
- First Place: Abe Waterman "The Devil Is An Angel Too"
- People's Choice: Deb Barrett-Cutulle "Sky Shadows"
- Second Place and Sculptors Choice: Slavian Borecki "The Three Sisters"
- Third Place: Hanneke Supply "I Am Nature"
- Fourth Place: Bouke Atema "8pm"
- Fifth Place: Karen Fralich "Dinotopia"
The champion, Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada, specializes in ephemeral mediums such as sand and snow, and has been creating artwork since he was very young, according to the competition's website.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.