Sand dollars: Rick and Capri Mungeam make a business out of sand sculptures


Look on as Rick Mungeam creates a winter scene on the beach at Seaside, perfect as a backdrop for holiday photos, today through Sunday, and for the following two weekend.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM.

Rick Mungeam, with the help of his wife, Capri, is finding a way to make a very happy living off of sand.

The sand sculptor-extraordinaire left behind a 22-year career in architecture and by a twist of fate now resides in Santa Rosa Beach making sandcastle magic.

The Mungeams left behind their home in Colorado in 2010 to travel the country and eventually found themselves along the Gulf in South Padre Island, Texas, where Rick first realized the potential in sand sculpting.

“I was introduced to a man doing sand sculptures,” said Rick, who is the artist behind Beach Sand Sculptures. “I was intrigued by it.”

By early 2011, the two found their way to the Emerald Coast of Florida and spent most of their days on the beach where Rick decided to try his hand at sand sculpting.

“I just started playing in the sand. I had a blast doing that,” he said. “It was kind of a release for me to be designing — but it was a different medium.”

Since then, Rick has created everything from marriage proposals to castles to fish, but his capabilities are boundless.

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