50,000 pounds of sand, sculptures coming to Seattle’s Westlake Park this weekend


Lindsey Major,

August 6, 2021 Updated: August 6, 2021 1:31 p.m.


FILE – April 19, 2021. Dmitry Klimenko from Russia is working on his sculpture “Journey into the Unknown” for the 11th Warnemünde Sand World.

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FILE – 13th edition of Burgas Sand Sculptures Festival 2020 in Burgas Park. (Photo by Artur Widak / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) announced a new event at Westlake Park in Seattle on Friday, August 7th: a sandcastle and sculpting exhibition.

On Friday morning, DSA loaded over 50,000 pounds of sand into the downtown park. At 11 a.m., selected artists began compacting the sand in preparation for the sculpting event on Saturday.

From 10 a.m. on Saturday, the audience is invited to visit Westlake Park and watch the artists shape their masterpieces. The sculptors include five artists from the Form Finder Group.

There will also be a separate sandpit area for children to put their hands in the sand and create their own artwork. A master sand sculptor will also be on hand to coach anyone interested in learning how to build their own sand creations.

It was initially unknown how long the sculptures would stay in the park after the event, but the forecasted rain in the city could affect the longevity of the structures.

Westlake Park, managed by the DSA, offers games and programs year round. The sandcastle event is part of an effort to bring people back to downtown Seattle after the economic struggles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the rise in Delta variant cases in Seattle and across the state, many are reluctant to return to normal life.

Families are invited to come downtown and spend the day watching the artists create their masterpieces and learn to shape themselves. There will be food trucks in the park to satisfy those cravings and other games for anyone who doesn’t want to brush sand out of their car for the next two weeks.

Lindsey Major is a web producer for the Seattle PI.