Wonderscope starts buildup for Sand in the City event
Bert Adams, a master sand sculptor from Vancouver, Wash., was in the area June 23 to promote the second annual Sand in the City event to take place Sept. 7-8 at the Wonderscope Children’s Museum in Shawnee.
Adams, who organizes similar sand sculpting events across the country, said they involve teams of about 15 members — most of whom make an initial comment like, “I can’t do this. I’m not an artist.”
“Then, after the event, they say, ‘Honey, get down here with the kids and camera,’” he said.
Adams spoke as he was sculpting an elaborate, eight-foot-tall castle during the annual Maker Faire at Union Station in Kansas City.
Maria Meyers, who is chairing this year’s Sand in the City event at Wonderscope, also was on hand to promote the Shawnee event.
She said organizers hoped to double last year’s participation, which involved 10 teams, sculpting more than 150 tons of sand and attracting more than 3,500 visitors.
The cost for corporate team sponsorships is $2,000, Meyers said, and Wonderscope also is working on a plan to create teams with individuals wishing to participate.
Each team will be receive assistance from a designer, a four-hour training session with Adams and about 8 tons of sand to sculpt during a six-hour competition period.
Adams said the fine sand to be used is easy to pack and sculpt when mixed with the right amount of water, he said.
“It’s bombproof almost,” Adams said, smacking the base of his castle sculpture.
More information on Sand in the City can be obtained at sandinthecitykc.org or by calling 913-287-2888.