Recycling last year’s sculptures and preparing for 2014!

SAND Sensations 2014 opens July 28 and runs until August 3 at Peace Island Park in Taylor. The Fort St. John Community Arts Council invited 5 international carvers to create larger-than-life sand sculptures at the third sand event in the Peace Country.

The professional sand sculptures will be designed with the theme of “Cowboy Country”. The international professional carvers from the Netherlands, USA and Canada will reveal their “tips andtricks of the trade” this year by hosting a workshop. The newly added Family / Community
Challenge will kick off August 2. Friends, family, food, refreshments and more have been implemented to attract even more visitors to the “playground of the Peace” where the Alaska Highway meets the mighty Peace River.

Preparations begin a week in advance to build forms and tamp down the wet sand to make each sculpture site firm. Tons and tons of local sand are donated by Nels Ostero Sand & Gravel, directly located across the Peace River in Taylor. Poor Boy Trucking transports it over the bridge and onto the site as their contribution to the event. Equipment from Peace Country Rentals, water trucked in by Pratt Water and the District of Taylor make the family event possible.

Sand Sensations celebrates the environment with the use of natural materials in its original state. The sand in the Peace Country has the right amount of clay and silt, with no added materials, to make long lasting sculptures. Last year’s artwork was still standing last week!

Come enjoy camping along the Peace River near wilderness rife with moose, bears, and revel in the natural elements as sand, water and sunshine makes for the best summer memories. SAND Sensations BC 2014 is filled with art, fun, food, sand and sun with a musical mix this summer.

Family Package Jul 0214

Knocking down the 2013 sculptures to recycle the sand.
Knocking down the 2013 sculptures to recycle the sand.