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Bowl sand sculpture starts to take shape

The world-renowned sand artists creating the Super Bowl vision are using sand from Haines City to build the castle.

[Times photos: Dirk Shadd]
Dan Doubleday works carefully to finish a detailed area of a 17-foot Super Bowl sand sculpture consisting of 50 tons of sand.


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 22, 2001

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ST. PETE BEACH -- They are sculpting and scraping away errant grains, and soon the image of National Football League players climbing up a dreamy Super Bowl XXXV castle will emerge from the sand.

It's a big week in Tampa Bay, and Dan Doubleday and Meredith Corson helped to usher it in Sunday by beginning the type of unique sand sculpture that is becoming a calling card for big sports events in this area.

A shovel rests in the sand while Dan Doubleday, right,and Suzanne Altamare, left, work on the Super Bowl sand sculpture Sunday at the Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach.
Their business, Sanding Ovations, has sculpted sandy creations for the NCAA Final Four's appearance in St. Petersburg and for the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.

For the Super Bowl, the world-renowned sand artists will combine a 15-foot-high sand castle with two New York Giants and two Baltimore Ravens trying to reach the Super Bowl XXXV insignia at the top.

For now, the top is all that's done. The crew of three -- Doubleday, Corson and sand-sculpting friend Suzanne Altamare -- start there, standing on a plywood scaffolding that compacts the sand and gives the castle a firm base. As they work their way downward, they remove sections of the plywood until the entire castle can stand on its own.

Doubleday is the reigning champion of the World Championship Sand Sculpturing Competition in British Columbia. Corson won second place in the contest the year before.

The sculpture will be built with 50 tons of sand found not on the shores of St. Pete Beach, but in inland Haines City. Local sand generally has too many shells, Corson said.

"It looks like a lot of work," said Cindy Cao, a Seminole resident who stopped by the beach to check out the emerging sand castle Sunday afternoon. "Hopefully the weather will leave them alone."

Sand sculptures are generally unhurt by rain, as long as it is not a pelting rain, Corson said.

The sculpture should be complete by Friday. The Gulf Beaches of Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the sand sculpture.

Related site

View the sand sculpture in progress at http://www.floridabeachlive.com/

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