The SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Sand Arts Festival is a popular, annual sand sculpture competition comprised of SCAD students, alumni, staff, faculty, and high school students who compete in their own category.
Many of us have had the experience of packing wet sand into some form or another – usually as children – but the folks competing in the SCAD Sand Arts Festival take the concept to a whole other universe of a level, creating intricate, beautiful, awe-inspiring creations that are heart-breakingly temporary.
Awards are given for sand castle design, sand sculpture, sand relief, and wind sculpture. Sand castles, sand sculpture, and sand relief are pretty self-explanatory but wind sculpture often raises questions. A wind sculpture is not made of sand but, rather, any 3-dimensional sculpture that engages the wind – like a kite or structure that responds to or interacts with the wind.
Special awards outside the main categories are also given, such as Best Underwater Creature – real or imagined, Most Ambitious Sculpture, Alumni Choice, and sculptures showing SCAD Spirit. A panel of judges, including world champion sand sculptor Ted Siebert, will select three winners in each of the four main categories.
Best of all, it all takes place on the scenic North Beach of Tybee Island. Spend the day enjoying the sun and the waves as you watch the sculptures taking shape from the sand or just stop by and view the completed woks as they are being judged – but be sure to get there before the tide comes in!
2015 SCAD Sand Arts Festival
Friday, May 1
North Beach, near Tybee Lighthouse
30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island, GA
Rain date: Friday, May 8
For more details: www.scad.edu
SCAD Sand Arts Festival Lodging
Located less than 30 minutes away from Tybee Island in the Landmark Historic District of Savannah, Savannah Villas is your SCAD Sand Arts Festival lodging solution. Stay together and save: Savannah Villas’ vacation rentals offer occupancy for up to 26 – so bring all your friends along! Our beautiful and historic Savannah vacation rentals are conveniently located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, allowing you to easily walk to restaurants, shops, museums, and other points of interest. Let Savannah Villas’ vacation rentals be your home away from home.