If you are heading down to the Cape this summer, be sure to make time for viewing the gravity-defying sandy creations in The Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail, which is celebrating its tenth year.
Thirty-two businesses and organizations across town are hosting these unique family-friendly sand sculptures, which have become one of Yarmouth’s biggest summer attractions.
Planning, artistry, and concentrated shoveling, carving and coating go into creating the elaborate sculptures. “I’ve been perfecting my technique for more than twenty years, ” says Sean Fitzpatrick of Fitzysnowman Studios, his sand and ice sculpting company. “It’s not magic, but physics, that make our sculptures hold together and stand up so well to wind and rain.”
Fitzpatrick loves seeing people’s reactions as he constructs his sculptures. “We are at each location for quite a bit of time, so you get to interact with folks,” he says. “ They see a big pile of sand and the work going on and they stop to watch. They are so excited when the final product is revealed.”
The 32 complex yet playful designs will be displayed at their locations throughout the summer into the fall. Maps of the trail route are available at the Yarmouth Visitor Center 424 Route 28 in West Yarmouth and online.
And don’t forget to pose for some sand-inspired photos once you get there, as the town is sponsoring a fun Sand Sculpture Trail Photo Contest with great prizes!
Text by Lisa Cavanaugh