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SCAD hosts annual Sand Arts Festival on Tybee


Tybee Island's South Beach turned into a public sand sculpture gallery on Friday.

The 19th annual Savannah College of Art and Design's Sand Arts Festival moved from the north end of the beach closer to the pier.  More than 500 sculptors including students, staff, and alumnus dug, scraped, packed, and molded sand into works of art all day until judging at 4 p.m.

Christopher Williams, Professor and Festival Director, said the move down the beach was a win-win, "It's nothing like Alabama sand, we can't get the height here; but the sand down here (near the pier) is a little better, not as coarse because of all the deposit at the mouth of the Savannah River, so I think we made some good sculptures today."

There were a lot of animals, fantasy and real.  Some castles, even castles with animals like a castle on top of turtle or an octopus taking over a pyramid.

The 2017 list of winners:


  • Sand Relief #23 - "SCADopoly"
    • David Harris
    • Haley Nichols
    • Tallie DuBois
    • Noah Osuna

WINNER: SCAD Landmarks

  • Sand Castle #2 - "Pepe Hall"
    • Sabrina Shenkar
    • Ryan Hurley

WINNER: Alumni Choice

  • Sand Relief #28 - "Untitled"
    • Elise Aleman
    • Joseph Gai Yunhao
    • Yeeun Chung

WINNER: Sand Castle

  • #9 - "Acorn Castle"
    • Megan O'Laughlin
    • Christina Lohe
    • Chanda Shaw

RUNNER UP: Sand Castle

  • #12 - "Taj Mahal"
    • Edell
    • Palaash Chaudhary

WINNER: Sand Relief

  • #6 - "Alexander"
    • Laura Hernandez
    • Cassie Suppes
    • Bryanna Ryan
    • David Aguilera

RUNNER UP: Sand Relief

  • #15 - "Surfing Sammy"
    • Eduardo Rojas
    • Moiy Thea Van
    • Drew Cashin
    • Austin Jack Geiger

WINNER: Sand Sculpture

  • #38 - "Zoiberg"
    • Madison Ellis
    • Samantha Greene
    • Julia Chamberlain
    • Spencer Kohl

RUNNER UP: Sand Sculpture

  • #5 - "Bear and Beehive"
    • Briana Kerns
    • Manuel Castro


  • #21 - "Bee"
    • Aerial Rouge
    • Karine Smirnova

WINNER: Sand Jam 

  • Tejasuita Negi


  • Xiaowen Yang

Unfortunately, not all sand sculptures are meant to last; artists who dug deep into the sand had to destroy their works of art due to sea turtles and their walk to and from the ocean..  There will likely be remnants on Saturday, May 13, but not for long.  

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