SAN DIEGO - Sculptors were hard at work Sunday bringing their designs to life in the sand.
It started with 300 tons of sand dumped onto the pier at the Embarcadero for the annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge. 10News was there as teams of professionals tried to keep their creations alive.
Sculptor Greg Lebon knows how easily things can fall apart. Fourteen years ago, he created a cathedral at a similar competition in Canada.
"Minutes before judging, it fell. So this is unfinished business … we wanted to recreate or finish what we've started," he said.
They had to do it with a crowd of spectators watching the process from start to finish. The four-day challenge is expected to draw 50,000 people, which is 10,000 more than last year, making it one of the largest competitions of its kind.
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Spectator Rich Alexander told 10News, "The stuff they create is nothing you've ever seen before so it's fun to come out and see it."
The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge runs until Monday.