Artists from around the globe win $75,000 in prize money in DoAC Sand Sculpting World Cup

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ATLANTIC CITY – Twenty world-class sand sculptors from around the globe competed in solo and doubles competitions in the DoAC Sand Sculpting World Cup starting on June 19. Their must-see-to-believe final works were judged by a panel of six jurists from various art disciplines based on first impression of design, originality, artistry, difficulty and execution. The sculptors also vote for their favorite, along with the people’s choice.

Prizes were awarded for first through 20th place with prize money ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 and totaling $75,000.

Winners of the Solo Competition included 1st Place $4,800 prize – Jonathan Bouchard of Canada for "Back Bone of Life: Tribute to Bio Diversity”; 2nd Place $2,800 prize – Pavel Mylnikov of Russia for "Painting Comes to Life: Daydreaming Little Girl”; 3rd Place $2,600 – Rusty Croft of the United States for "In the Eye of the Beholder.” Sculptor’s Choice  $1,000 went to Jonathan Bouchard of Canada for "Back Bone of Life: Tribute to Bio Diversity" and the People’s Choice $1,000 award went to Sudarsan Pattnaik of India for “Save Trees, Save Your Children, Save the Future from Global Warming”

Winners in the Doubles Competition included 1st Place $7,000 prize – Mélineige Beauregard and Jonathan Bouchard of Canada for “Memory Sticks”; 2nd Place $5,600 – Pavel Mylnikov & Aleksei Diakov of Russia for “Timeless Story”; 3rd Place $5,200 prize – Jooheng Tan of Singapore and Peter Vogelaar of Canada for “The Diving Horse.” Sculptor’s Choice $2,000 went to  Mélineige Beauregard and Jonathan Bouchard of Canada for “Memory Sticks,” and the People’s Choice $2,000 went to Rusty Croft and Matt  Long of the United States for “Spheres of Influence.”          

More than 100 tons of sand were transformed into eye-popping temporary sculptures using the simplest tools know to mankind – hands and water. Sculptors carved complex and detailed works, some as tall as 14 feet, with just sand and water. The event, produced by the Atlantic City Alliance, was held on Atlantic City beach at Pennsylvania Avenue (between Landshark Bar & Grill and the Steel Pier). The exhibition will be open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily, through the July 4 weekend. It’s free and open to the public.

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