Over the course of three days a pile of sand became a sculpture at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park thanks to Rick and Capri Mungeam.
The Mungeams of BeachSandSculptures.com fixed up the sandbox Jan. 8 through 11. It was taken from tons of raw masonry sand to a beautiful sculpture that paid homage to state parks' Viva Florida 500 celebration, which marks the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's arrival in Florida. The Sandman also mixed in a touch of whimsy with birds and dragonflies.
At the beginning of day 1, the sculpture was nothing more than a mound of sand, 8.3 tons of it to be exact. Capri used a water hose attached to a PVC pipe to get water to the base of the sand mound.
By day 2, the sculpture was beginning to take shape, and onlookers could just barely see a bird emerging from the now-smooth sand.
Day 3 saw it nearing completion, but rain put a bit of a damper on the plan to finish it by the end of the 10th. By Friday, however, it was complete.
"We were very pleased with it," said Rick, sand sculpting extraordinaire.
Check out the sculpture at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for months to come. Rick uses a weather guard to protect the sculpture once it is finished, which should keep it totally intact for onlookers to enjoy.