Press Release

For Immediate Release 


Event Date: August 30 to September 2, 2013

 

Huge International Sand Sculpture Event: San Diego Labor Day Weekend

 

With more than $60,000 in appearance, prize money and expenses at stake, some of the world’s best sculptors from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Latvia and Canada, will challenge the best in the U.S. from California and Washington.  Rusty Croft from Carmel, CA, won the event for the U.S.A. in 2012 and will defend his title.

 

"Sandman Blues" Sculptor: John Gowdy, American living in Italy, Photographer Jon Gebhart  

 

Downtown San Diego, California (August 1, 2013) - Ain’t no beach in downtown San Diego.  But wait.  The Port of San Diego has again authorized producers of the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition to create one on the cruise ship terminal pier.  They’ll bring in 300 tons of sand that will be carved and molded into beautiful sculptures by nearly 40 artists in 3 different classes of sculpting competition, August 30 to September 2, 2013.
 
$60,000 at Stake:
 
With more than $60,000 in appearance, prize money and expenses at stake, some of the world’s best sculptors from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Latvia and Canada, will challenge the best in the U.S. from California and Washington.  Rusty Croft from Carmel, CA, won the event for the U.S.A. in 2012 and will defend his title.

 

 

"Shipwreck," Sculptor Team Archisand USA, Photographer Jon Gebhart, I.B. Challenge class 

 

Starting on the Wednesday before Labor Day, artists in the World Masters class will have 4 days to create their masterpieces.  Starting on Friday, the public will be able to view the last 2 days of sculpting and have 2 more full days to marvel at the finished work. Then it’s destroyed, never to be seen again by live audiences.
 
“The sculptures are so beautiful that you might want to take them home,” said one of the producers, “but at up to 10 tons each, they’re a bit difficult to move and they’d ruin your carpet or lawn.”  Because of this, they’ve arranged for 40 other artists who work in metal, glass, ceramics, gemstones, fabric and more to exhibit and offer their work for sale.
 
Entertainment and fun for the whole family:
 
The pier is a wonderful venue – San Diego’s Big Bay on 3 sides; downtown’s castles in the sky on the 4th.  Tall ships sail by with full regalia, occasionally recreating cannon battles of yore. Musicians, singers, dancers and circus performers entertain young and old.  There’s a huge sandbox and truly unique rides for kids.  (They can try to walk on water, bungy jump or take a zipline over the show.)  And gourmet food trucks serve wondrous snacks, meals and beverages.

 

 

"Home is Where the Heart is," Sculptor Rusty Croft USA, Photographer Jon Gebhart, World Masters Grand Prize Winner 

 

Helping kids throughout the Region:

                                                                                                     
A portion of proceeds from the event go to each of 3 children’s educational charities.  Young Audiences of San Diego/Arts for Learning brings performers into elementary and middle schools to show kids what life in the arts is all about, yank them out of their shells by teaching them to perform some of their ethnic songs and dance, and instill pride in self as the kids learn how to learn.  It’s All About the Kids Foundation helps less fortunate children through a network of 14 San Diego charities that have served over 11,000 children.  IAATK directly supports 10 previously homeless kids now in college.  The Maritime Museum’s Children’s Education Program lets kids relive history and learn about the science of the sea. The museum's ships and collections represent San Diego's great maritime heritage and bring award-winning educational programs to life for thousands of children each year, from K-12.
 
Honoring Imperial Beach:
 
An event that could be considered the predecessor of the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge was the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition that was conducted in Imperial Beach, CA, just a few miles south of San Diego’s downtown, from 1980 - 2011.  Just 3 different teams won all the gold during that event’s last 10 years, and they’ve been invited to face off against each other on the downtown pier.  That “event within the event” honors the tradition of the city that started it all.  It’s called the “I.B. Challenge” and you can see these teams in action in the middle of the 4-day fiesta on Saturday and Sunday. 

 

 

"Crawling for Peace," Sculptor Michela Ciappini, Italy, Photographer Jon Gebhart, World Masters -- 3rd place 

 

How to get to the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Expo:
 
Sponsors who have helped make the USSSC event possible include GEICO, Southwest Airlines, the Metropolitan Transit Systems Bus and Trolley, the North County COASTER®, San Diego Padres, Car2Go, Ocean Potion sun care products, Mamma Chia beverages, the Port of San Diego, Sparkling Ice, All Seasons Inc. Solar, Seaport Village and the incredible InSlider food truck.   Families living or staying anywhere in the County can take COASTER® trains or MTS Buses and Orange and Green Line Trolleys, which all terminate at Santa Fe Depot, just yards away from the Cruise Ship Terminal Beach (ummm . . . Pier).  
 
Where to stay:
 
The Sofia boutique hotel on Broadway is the Official Hotel of the event and offers special room rates for show goers as well as special ticket packages.  If you drive downtown, they have a convenient lot just 5 blocks south of the Front Street exit from the 5, and a half-dozen block walk to the Harbor.
 
Tickets:
 
Admission prices for the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Expo are $6 for kids, active military and seniors, and $9 for adults.  Adults who show MTS Bus and Trolley and North County COASTER® tickets will receive $3 off, bringing their cost down to $6.  GEICO is additionally distributing $3 discount coupons at their offices and authorized repair centers.  Find more information at
www.ussandsculpting.com
.
 
Signature event for the City:
 
The USSSC + 3DAE is so big, some city fathers (and mothers) think the city should rename itself, if only for the Labor Day holiday weekend: SAND iego.

 

 

"USSSC Entrance to the Pier," Photographer, Bob Koveleski

 Contact & Media Visits  

3d Art Expo

964 Fifth Avenue, Suite 214, San Diego, CA 92101

Web: www.ussandsculpting.com, Phone: (619) 544-1443

 

Media Contact: Gordon Summer

Email: gsummer@ussandsculpting.com

Phone: (619) 994-3752

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.


 Condensed Version  

 

Event Date: August 30 to September 2, 2013

 

Huge International Sand Sculpture Event: San Diego Labor Day Weekend

 

With more than $60,000 in appearance, prize money and expenses at stake, some of the world’s best sculptors from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Latvia and Canada, will challenge the best in the U.S. from California and Washington.  Rusty Croft from Carmel, CA, won the event for the U.S.A. in 2012 and will defend his title.

 

Downtown San Diego, California (August 1, 2013) - Ain’t no beach in downtown San Diego.  But wait.  The Port of San Diego has again authorized producers of the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition to create one on the cruise ship terminal pier.  They’ll bring in 300 tons of sand that will be carved and molded into beautiful sculptures by nearly 40 artists in 3 different classes of sculpting competition, August 30 to September 2, 2013. $60,000 at Stake: With more than $60,000 in appearance, prize money and expenses at stake, some of the world’s best sculptors from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Latvia and Canada, will challenge the best in the U.S. from California and Washington.  Rusty Croft from Carmel, CA, won the event for the U.S.A. in 2012 and will defend his title. The pier is a wonderful venue – San Diego’s Big Bay on 3 sides; downtown’s castles in the sky on the 4th.  Tall ships sail by with full regalia, occasionally recreating cannon battles of yore. Musicians, singers, dancers and circus performers entertain young and old.  There’s a huge sandbox and truly unique rides for kids. And gourmet food trucks serve wondrous snacks, meals and beverages. Admission prices for the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Expo are $6 for kids, active military and seniors, and $9 for adults.  Adults who show MTS Bus and Trolley and North County COASTER® tickets will receive $3 off, bringing their cost down to $6.  GEICO is additionally distributing $3 discount coupons at their offices and authorized repair centers.  Find more information at www.ussandsculpting.com.

 

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

Media Contact: Gordon Summer, Email: gsummer@ussandsculpting.com, Phone: (619) 994-3752

 

 

"Sandman Blues" Sculptor: John Gowdy, American living in Italy, Photographer Jon Gebhart