The sandy shores of Coney Island may just be the perfect place in New York City to host a sand sculpture competition. Perhaps this being their 23rd year helped. This past Saturday, sculptors and amateur beach goers flocked to the beach to show off their sand shaping skills. The event lasted a heated five hours and ended with a rendition of Merlin’s Castle taking first place. Some of the sand castles stood long after the event had ended, but some of them were promptly decimated by their creators or local children who wanted to climb on art at all costs. While these delicate sand sculptures can’t last forever, we managed to snap a few pictures for your amusement.
All photos by Timothy Dillon. For more photos and in higher resolution, check out the BTR Today Flickr set.