Fairfield (WTNH) - Some artists are spending the day at the beach in Fairfieldcreating sand sculptures.
They started by trucking in tons of special sand, but they don'tuse the traditional shovel and bucket. These guys are usingbackhoes to create their works of art.
"And we fill the sand in layers, kind of like building abirthday cake. So we're adding the layers of sand right now andgetting all the air out of it," said Sean Fitzpatrick, sandsculptor.
Last year Sean created a stunning image of the nearby Penfieldlighthouse at the Penfield Beach Sand Sculpture Festival. Thisyear, the festival added Suzanne Altamare.
"What I'm doing is called soft sand, so I'm not compacting, I'mjust working with the sand as it's dumped," Suzanne explained.
Suzanne will create an image of one of the Fairfield Universitybuildings with that sand. Suzanne and Sean are both professionalsand sculptors. They'll work on their art for two days, and then,based on last year, it will only stick around for maybe a coupleweeks.
"We were more than happy because the lighthouse lasted twoweeks, and we were happy that the residents were able to see it forthat two week period," said Paige Herman, Fairfield BeachResidents Association.
That's the theme of Sean's sculpture this year. He's basing hiswork on a Jeffrey Ford book about mythical beings that are bornwhenever a child makes a sand castle. You think about the temporarynature of existence a lot when your life is spent making art out ofsand.
"As human beings, as life forms, we're only here on this planetfor a very short period of time, a very short window of existence,so we're all ephemeral in a sense, so art that is ephemeral speaksto the human emotion, I think, tighter than anything else," Seansaid.
An amateur sand sculpture contest will be held Sunday morningfrom 9-11.
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