Creative Time’s Inaugural Artist Sand Castle Competition, in Photographs

Mr. McNamara with Cecilia Dean and team.

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
This team built a mound fitted with plastic tubes to give sight lines.

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
This human fountain won the competition.

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
This team staged a drum circle beside their sphinx-like sculpture.

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
Kenya Robinson and her team employed a "cat's-cradle" motif.

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
Mr. Yellin's sandcastle provided free haircuts within an altar and bowling.
Tom Sachs and his team dug a hole to China, with a motorized pump!

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
Photo: Rozalia Jovanvoic
One of the more traditional castles to be seen.

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
David Velasco of Artforum was buried in this tableau vivant by Ryan McNamara.

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Mr. Robinson (left) served as one of the distinguished judges on the panel.

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
The impromptu drum circle.

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic
“We love winning and we love you all,” Mr. Outlaw shouted to the crowd on picking up his gold shovel, a bucket of booze and a $500 gift-certificate to Grey Area.

Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic

Friday afternoon, Creative Time held its inaugural Artist Sandcastle Competition. Producing everything from traditional structures to tableaux vivants, the artists used way more than just sand to realize their visions. Ryan McNamara buried some art world bigwigs in sand, Tom Sachs brought a motorized pump and Kenya Robinson got her team all tied up. Check out this slide show for a quick look at the seaside challenge.