Coney Island Sand Sculpting Competitiveness postponed due to COVID variant

The event also highlighted skilled artists who ended up commissioned to create works of sand artwork as an attraction.
Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

For 29 decades, the sand on Coney Island’s beach “went vertical” as soon as a year when dozens of sand artists and teams of artists took component in the 29th once-a-year Sand Sculpting Competition.

The most frequent models have been the common castle styles, but artists have built other sand artworks way too, such as folks, land animals, maritime animals this sort of as octopi and crocodile, outer-room creatures and a great deal extra. In 2019, just one sand artist even crafted a hand holding a indicator that explained, Abolish ICE.”

This year, however, thanks to the rising variety of instances of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the substantial degree of touchpoints in the contest, the Alliance for Coney Island and Brooklyn Group Products and services, the co-hosts of the party, have introduced that the enjoyment occasion will be postponed until summer time of 2022.  

“Both companies appear ahead to hosting a absolutely free pleasurable-loaded occasion for all to enjoy future yr and encourage you to abide by their social media @coneyislandfun for up-to-day data on situations for the rest of the period,” the formal statement read through. 

“I feel every calendar year additional and extra people know about it, the crowds are larger,” Kristina Reintamm of Brooklyn Community Solutions claimed in 2019, according to an Eagle write-up from that year. “It would seem to be turning out to be a lot more and a lot more of a actual Coney Island signature party.”

The event was no cost and open to the community, accessible from the Coney Island Boardwalk at West 12th Avenue. Sculptors had 4 several hours to craft their structure. As the clock ticked nearer to the cutoff time, swarms of beachgoers flocked to the sand to enjoy the artwork and choose pictures in entrance of the items.

Joe Sloboda and his cousin Frank Russo developed a sand version of , Hogwarts from Harry Potter, drawing crowds virtually immediately after they commenced.

“We’ve been undertaking this for several years, we started out with our children when they ended up really, pretty smaller, and now they’re grown ups and we however come to the seashore as a family members to love the time together and make castles,” Sloboda explained to the Eagle. 


The year 2019 was the initially yr the contest gave out income prizes for a few contestants in each group, relatives, person and grownup group. The prizes ended up $250, $100 and $50. 

Passers-by were in a position to sign up on the spot and compete. Gary Feliciano, for illustration, was watching the information in the early morning, observed the contest was staying held in a several hrs, and ran over from Sheepshead Bay to just take part. He gained in 2017 as well as in 2019 in the particular person adult category for his “Climbing Lady,” a determine of a woman climbing a mountain.

As section of the contest, there ended up quite a few sand monuments that were being not section of the competitors. They were being manufactured by sponsors this sort of as Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as the Alliance for Coney Island. 

In general, some veteran artists worked from very carefully pre-prepared layouts, but others “gave free reign to their creativity, opting for a extra improvisational method,” the Eagle described. 

The celebration was structured in 1900 as a family function, and both of those small children and older people have competed. A person sand-sculpting crew in 2017, “Team Dragon,” experienced 11 users ranging from 4 to 40 many years aged. Of study course, they sculpted a dragon, and they won next prize in the blended-age group classification.