August 6, 2014

Sand Sculpture Museum

We took advantage of the cloudy weather at the beach this past weekend 
and visited a new Jersey Shore attraction:
The Sand Museum in Seaside Park, NJ!

The 5,000+ square foot museum is located inside a large tent along Ocean Avenue and N Street.  The museum features sand sculptures by artist, Ed Jarrett who currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest handmade sand castle.  Last year he constructed "The Sandy Castle" in Point Pleasant Beach to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy.  His new project, known as "Boardwalk Journey" displays his sand sculptures of iconic Jersey Shore landmarks - from the past and present.


His attention to detail is amazing!

How Jersey Shore is this?

We see the real version of this sign every time we arrive in town.

 A classic Jersey Shore establishment - The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
Springsteen has been known to show up and play there over the years.

This may look familiar to you.  This section of the famous Funtown Pier on Seaside's boardwalk survived Superstorm Sandy only to burn down in a massive fire last year!

Here is a picture after the storm...
(but obviously before the fire!)
Still surreal to me...

The back wall of the museum (tent) displayed photos
of the shore towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy. 
So sad to look back and remember what the area went through.

Make a wish we never see another storm like that!
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If you have spent any time at the Jersey Shore, 
this is one exhibit you will not want to miss!

The kids and I were very impressed with the museum.
Not only were the sculptures amazing
but the staff was helpful and very friendly.
Definitely a must see if you are in the area!


The admission which is donated to the nonprofit organization, Hometown Heroes is only $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children, seniors and military.

"Hometown Heroes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity and encouragement by supporting local communities in times of crisis."  source - usahometownheroes.com/about

To learn more you can visit:

USAHometownheroes.com
USA Hometown Heroes Boardwalk Journey
And the website for artist Ed Jarrett - Tallestsandcastle.com

See...the Jersey Shore is not just what you see on reality shows...

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7 comments:

  1. Amazing that such things can be created from sand. A blogger friend from NH posts once a year of a contest that they go to and I can barely believe my eyes!

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  2. How creative and clever. I have never seen sculptures like this and a great idea for fundraising. I do not think I would like to be around when the sculptures come down.

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  3. This truly is amazing! I can only imagine the hours spent creating this. As you say, so much detail! What a wonderful cause too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  4. looks amazing! i've never gone up seaside, we go to sea isle/ventnor/cape may, etc.

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  5. Fantastic creations, what a wonderful way to spend some time.

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  6. Fabulous creations - enjoyed looking at them! I entered a sand sculpture contest with my friends once and it's not that easy to do even a simple sculpture!

    What happens when it rains? Is there a roof over it?

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