in the city

Amateur and professional sand sculptors from all over the world will descend into the Bayou City to create beautiful works of art using natural elements of the beach. Join us for a day of amazing sand sculptures, vendors and shows.


ITC Productions will pair you with a Sand Coach and Architect if you would like, and provide 5 cubic yards of sand and water. Five cubic yards of sand is determined by the total volume of sand needed to fill the sand forms, not from the finished sculpture. Teams must provide their own tools

There is no limit on how big your team can be; however there can only be 12 people on your plot (including your architect) at a time. Team members must be 12 years of age to participate. It is helpful to have as many team members as possible to allow for breaks. For questions regarding your team, please contact us

SUGGESTED MATERIALS (Please clearly label ALL tools)
Only human powered tools are allowed (Exception - cordless drills for form assembly

  1.  Sketches and clay model of your design.
  2.  Recommend one shovel for every two team members.
  3.  Recommend one rake for every three team members.
  4.  1 or 2 pounders (or wacker or tamper).
  5.  1 bucket per team member.
  6.  Wheelbarrow to transport sand, rolling garbage canto safely store shovels, rakes etc.
  7.  Form supplies.
  8.  Sculpting tools - various trowels, brushes, kitchen utensils etc.
  9.  Water is the only legal binder for the sculpture.
  10.  No props may be used.
  11.  No color or other additive may be added to the sand.

1. Concept: The team & architect meet to brainstorm design concepts.
2. Sketches: Architects and team members prepare rough sketches to help the team visualize the sand sculpture. Architects help ensure that the design is buildable.
3. Drawings: Architects prepare scale drawings of the sculpture and list the specific form sizes needed to construct the sand sculpture using 5.0 cubic yards of sand or less.
4. Clay Models: An optional model in clay is helpful as a guide while sculpting the sand.
5. Form Construction/Tools: Teams have the responsibility of building the forms and collecting necessary tools.
6. Design Submission: Architects submit scale drawings, form sizes, and calculations on total volume of sand needed to build the design.
7. Day of Event Plan: Develop a strategy for building day. Plan for delivery of forms/tools, pound-up, rough sculpting, detail sculpting, grooming of plots, and removal of all forms and equipment.


Practice dates will be determined.
Come prepared to try out sculpting techniques at Hands on Sand. Experienced sand sculptors will be available for assistance, demonstrations, and questions.