sand sculpting

From Garden Gnomes to Willie Nelson’s Likeness, the Sculptures of Port Aransas Sandfest Never Disappoint

April 7, 2022 | By Sallie Lewis

Every year as temperatures rise, friends and families from across the state descend on the long, wide beaches of Port Aransas on Mustang Island.

What Happens When the “Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy” Can’t Go to the Beach?

July 30, 2020 | By Paul Brown

For the past 13 years, Mark Landrum has been known as the “Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy.” The sand artist teaches lessons on how to build sandcastles, but is also commissioned to create custom works for marriage proposals, businesses openings, family greeting cards, and more. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Landrum has had to face the ultimate challenge to his way of life: How do you work with sand when you have limited access to the beach?

Grains of Inspiration

May 13, 2015 | By Helen Anders

On a spring day, Lucinda Wierenga—better known on South Padre Island as “Sandy Feet”—puts the finishing touches on a multi-turreted sand castle in front of the Taco Factory restaurant, only to watch a storm immediately blow the top off.

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