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Seeking a sandy canvas

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – World-class sand sculptors will be displaying their masterpieces this weekend at the B Street Pier.

This weekend, some of the world's best throw down for about $60,000 in cash and prizes in the B Street Pier parking lot.

"We have two different classes of sand sculpturing competition. The first class is a world masters. They are working solo," Gordon Summer of the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge said.

There are also three-person teams.

"They are more local. They start on Saturday morning and end on Sunday afternoon," Summer said.

The San Diego sculpting challenge, recognized as one the 10 best competitions in the world, lured Helena Bangert from her home in Amsterdam to create her tree woman.

"This sand, there has a lot of clay in it. It's very strong," she said.

Ideas shift with the stirring of a breeze or the triggering of a tradewind. But you will find mercurial medium and fleeting fancy.

"This is like therapy for me," a sculptor said.

Other than nosey reporters, nobody will bother him.

"I don't hear people talking. You get into this zone," a sculptor said. "And everything else, it's not even there. As soon as I embraced this temporary art form, I traveled the world doing this. The world opened up to me.

"The time to see all the sculptures complete, everything all done, is either very, very late Sunday or Monday," Summer said.

Come marvel at the masters this weekend at the B Street Pier. Or just be blown away, before they are blown away.

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