Third Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition

November 8 – November 12th, 2012
Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota FL

Recently named America’s #1 Beach, the Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here.

November 8 – November 12th, 2012
Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota FL

Recently named America’s #1 Beach, the Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. Citing the beauty and cleanliness of the pristine white sand, sculptors have remarked that their sculptures look almost as if they were “carved in marble.” The artists who compete in the yearly event travel to Siesta Beach from all over the world representing Canada, Holland, The Netherlands, Latvia, Germany, Portugal, Singapore, England and the United States.

In only 24 sculpting hours, (spanning the four day event), the master sculptors create sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. The Crystal Classic connects the arts and the beach in ways never before seen in Sarasota.

Cost and Time:

Thursday- Monday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., $5 per person and $10 per family (bands are good for all 4 days of the event). Proceeds benefit the Mote Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle Conservation and Research program.

Parking:

Siesta Beach parking is limited so parking at Phillippi Estate Park on U.S. Rt. 41 (Tamiami Trail) provides shuttle service to Siesta Beach from 8:30 – 5:30pm.

Event Schedule:

Competition takes place Thursday through Sunday, with Monday as a final day to view the sculptures. Other schedule events include
· Live Music on the beach – All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
· Food and retail vendors – Lots of great food from local restaurants!
· Environmental Education by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium – Learn about sea life and get up close and personal through special touch tanks.
· Quick Sand – Speed Sculpting competitions during the evening – See your favorite sculptor create a work-of-art from a pile of sand in 10 minutes.
· …and much much more

For the full event schedule, visit http://www.crystalsand.org/event-info/event-schedule

Origin of Ego, the Artist behind the Lego Man

After a bit of digging in the sand, it suggests that the work of Ego Leonard was created by Dutch guerrilla artist, and 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival featured artist, Leon Keer.

10/26/2011 (2:00pm)

Is it a bird? No. Is it a plane? No. It’s Ego Leonard, the giant, yellow smiling Lego man that washed ashore the beautiful Siesta Beach yesterday. After a bit of digging in the sand, Sarasota Visual Art suggests that the work of Ego Leonard was created by Dutch guerrilla artist, and 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival featured artist, Leon Keer.

Lego Man, Ego Leonard
Credit: http://www.egoleonard.nl/

Keer, born in Utrecht, The Netherlands (where Ego mysteriously appeared on the Zandvoort beach in the Netherlands in 2007 among many other locations) in 1970, is an enthusiastic 3D street painter, and 2D artist. Paintings of Keer’s work appear on the site http://www.st-artgallery.com/artists/ego-leonard.html where you can purchase a part of the Ego Leonard phenomena for a couple thousand dollars. The website www.egoleonard.com is registered under Keer’s personal email address, the contact for Keer’s other site featuring his beautifully rendered and detailed works at www.dufois.nl. In addition, Keer is “friends” with Ego Leonard on Facebook, and both are mutual friends with Sarasota Chalk Festival founder, chairwoman, and now master of marketing, Denise Kowal.

(sketch) Terracotta army discovered in Sarasota by Leon Keer - "The painting will not be an attampt to change the history, but rather to give something informative to the public and question the existing environment of its opportunism and society control."

Don’t miss the Sarasota Chalk Festival and Leon Keer’s work coming to downtown Sarasota, Nov. 1-7, 2011. To view Keer’s concept sketch for this year’s Chalk Festival theme “Pavement Through the Ages” visit http://www.chalkfestival.com/?p=3487

Public records for EGOLEONARD.COM showing the owner information.
Lego Man, Ego Leonard
The main website for Ego, a redirect from EGOLEONARD.COM