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by Anne Bennett
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida The hand gesture, “thumbs up” has been a symbol for acceptance and approval for long time. Siskle and Ebert, as movie critics, used the thumbs up signal to inform the American population whether a movie was worth their time and money to view. Likewise Facebook has used their version of this iconic hand symbol with great success, creating an entire generation who “like it on Facebook”.
The pix of their elaborately detailed sand sculptures are what drive their fans to “Like”. People love sand sculptures. A picture of the 7ft tall “Illumination Castle” received 1,300 “Like”s in just 48 hours and a Christmas sand sculpture hit 500%+ virility – those numbers are HUGE in the social media stats. Capri is fond of saying, “Sand sculptures intrigue the mind, capture the soul, and delight the heart,” and it’s so true, there is something magical about sand sculptures.
Being creative in the sand is not enough; to be competitive BeachSandSculptures invests time, money, and energy being innovative in their social networks. Quickly it became obvious the BeachSandSculptures.com Facebook Fan Page would hit the 1.0K milestone within the first 6 months of its launch and as the 1000th “Like” approached, Rick and Capri knew they wanted to reward their fans for making the social media benchmark possible. So being the sculptors that they are, they created . . . a sand sculpture, took a picture and posted it on Facebook. It’s been said, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and so with one picture of a sand sculpture created exclusively for their first 1000 fans, Beach Sand Sculptures said, “Thank You” a thousand times.
2012 Christmas Sand Sculpture Seaside, Florida
This Christmas, families and businesses can have their names engraved into and stand behind a unique one-of-a-kind holiday sand sculpture created in Seaside, Florida for Christmas Card Photos. Mark your calendar for one of these weekend dates; Nov. 17-18, Nov. 23-24-25, and Dec. 8-9 9am-5pm Pix taken with your phone or camera.
$10.00 family/business photo (approx 3 pix)
family/business name engraved available for an additional $10.00
Arrangements can be made for those out of town to take advantage of this personalized holiday season sandcastle by contacting Rick of BeachSandSculptures.com @ 303-681-2631.
For Immediate Release
The skills of local sand sculpting couple, Rick and Capri, have gained them two prominent sand sculpting wins, making them the 2012 Sand Sculpting Champions of the Emerald Coast and they bring their “WOW” to area events.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Sept. 26, 2012 – A majestically sculpted sand Eagle emerging from a pile of broken concrete with an American flag in his beak, entitled “Born Again”, wowed the beach-goers and the judges and was awarded 1st Place in the Open Division at Pensacola’s Fiesta of Five Flags Sand Sculpting Contest earlier this summer. More recently this creative couple brought awe and delight to the Panama City Beach Schooner’s Lobster Fest when they created a 12 foot Lobster holding a sign stating, “Eat Mor Chikin” in the well-know Chick-Fil-A font, that won them another 1st Place Trophy. From Pensacola to Panama City Beach, this last win marks them as the 2012 Sand Sculpting Champions of the Emerald Coast.
Fortunately for the Emerald Coast, Rick and Capri Mungeam take their artistic flair to the Emerald Coast beaches and beyond. If you can’t make it to the beach, their professional sand sculpting company, BeachSandSculptures.com, can bring “the beach” to you. Sand sculptures are intriguing and can complement any special event or business promotion. The ability to create smaller “table-top” sculptures increases their versatility, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation, promotion or any other party you could imagine. In your home, office, showroom or event venue, a captivating and uniquely personalized sand sculpture can create a long lasting memory as well as some pretty cool pictures.
Realizing the unique fresh approach to marketing generated by sand, BeachSandSculptures is involved with larger corporate projects such as logos, branding, advertising, and displays. Sand sculptures attract attention, captivate the mind and thrill the soul. Used as a performance art, they draw large crowds and increase traffic flow to your event. BeachSandSculptures.com can create the “WOW” and “AWE” you’ve been looking for, whether large or small, on the beach or at your location, this fresh new approach is the perfect addition to your Emerald Coast event. Call 303-681-2631 today, to schedule your event “WOW”.
BeachSandSculptures.com is a professional sand sculpting company providing a variety of services; from Sandcastle Lesson and Sand Sculpting Workshops, through Business Promotions such as branding, logos, advertising, displays and Corporate Team Building, to intimate table-top pieces for home, office or showroom, all the way to 100+ ton projects with birthdays, weddings, marriage proposals, anniversaries, reunions, graduation and any other event you can think of in between. On the beach or at your location, BeachSandSculptures have the “WOW” effect!
The Walton Sun Published: Nov 8, 2012 http://www.waltonsun.com/community/sand-sculpting-champions-1.46309
After twice being rained out www.BeachSandSculptures.com TheSandman RickMungeam was finally able to create a sand sculpture for WMBB New 13 Morning Show. Hillary Hutchinson did a great job of interviewing Rick, asking all the important questions in the little bit of time given.
3:00am – always seems to come, well . . . early, and when you’ve been rained out of an event 2 times already it’s hard to be optimistic, especially when you have been hearing the rumblings of thunder for the past hour! Nearly ready to throw in the wet towel, TheSandman RickMungeam decides to give it one last chance and drives to Schooner’s Restaurant on Panama City Beach to create a quick sand sculpture and interview for WMBB News 13 Morning Show out of Panama City, Florida. Fortunately the weather was dry and the sculpting began.
The News 13 Morning Show airs from 5-7am. That gave Rick Mungeam only 2 hours to build and sculpt a sand sculpture – not a lot of time! So the piece had to be relatively small and obviously not very detailed, yet presentable for TV appeal. Hillary Hutchinson of WMBB was very forward thinking when she requested the June Fish she had view at www.BeachSandSculptures.com realizing that people love sandcastles but she wanted to demonstrate to her viewing audience something different.
Rick and his wife, Capri, after unloading their sand sculpting equipment and tools, began mounding and thoroughly wetting the sand. Using plastic forms they pounded up the sand to create the main body of the June Fish. At this point the fish had been dubbed “The News 13 SandFish”. Moving quickly TheSandman began forming the Sandfish while waiting ques from Hillary and camera man, Al, about the program timing and what they would be feeding live from the beach. Just as the sunlight made the sandy scene visible they went live for about 2 minutes, maybe a bit longer. Hillary was so excited the sand sculpting tools and the transformation that Rick was making in the sand.
As Rick continued to work the SandFish became more obvious, no longer just a pile of sand. With skilled technique Rick added the material for the tail then gathered some fine sand for his next step. During the second segment Rick demonstrated the technique of “wet stacking” to create the SandFish’s three dimensional bulging eyes. He also explained about basic tips that help the sand sculpture stand out from the base.
Unfortunately time did not allow for The WMBB logo to be etched into the side of the SandFish until the program was over, but on the last segment Hillary promoted www.BeachSandSculptures and telling her viewing audience that pictures would be posted on the WMBB Facebook Fan Page, then they cut the feed. Rick continued working to sculpt into the side of the SandFish, the WMBB logo. Pictures of the completed “News 13 SandFish” were taken. All in all a great experience and the team was very excited that Mother Nature cooperated this time!
BeachSandSculptures.com SandCastle FAQ #2
How Much Water?
Through a series of specifically designed laboratory experiments, Amsterdam Physicist Daniel Bonn and his colleagues examined and tested the singular piece of scientific literature available on the physics of sandcastle building. This lone paper, probably through a lot of scientific jargon about capillary rise, stability and the likes, hypothetically concluded that the maximum height of a sandcastle or any other sand sculptures should be only 8 inches tall!
Perhaps from personal experience, Bonn and his friends of science may have known that sandcastles and most certainly sand sculptures created by professional sand carvers can stand many feet above 8 inches. By scientific experiments while building sandcastles, Bonn and his associates developed their own hypothesis (scientific guess) concluding the water content of a perfect sand castle to be only 1% by volume. But what does that mean to the average would-be sandcastle builder on the beach?
After teaching hundreds of people sandcastle lessons and sand sculpting workshops, TheSandman RickMungeam of www.BeachSandSculptures.com, a professional sand sculpting company based out of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida says about water content, “I don’t know about capillary action. I don’t know about percentages of water retained by the sand or even what percentage I use. What I do know is that sand itself varies greatly in its ability to retain water. We thoroughly saturate any sand we use for sand sculpting so it can retain as much water as possible, because it’s the water that hold the sand together. So the idea of just a dash of water is very misleading.” The beach is not a scientific laboratory and it becomes nearly impossible for the average person, let alone a child, to figure out 1% water to sand volume.
“In our sandcastle lessons and sand sculpting workshops we demonstrate the perfect mixture of water to “your” sand. You will see it, feel it and experience the ratios for yourself when you lift the form to discover a nice solid piece of sand to sculpt. This way, the next time you go to the beach, you will have the sand sculpting skills to create impressive sandcastles and sculptures that will impress all your fellow beach goers. Scientific knowledge doesn’t seem to “hold up” against hands-on experience when it comes to sandcastles.
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303-681-2631 to schedule your lessons today
BeachSandSculptures.com SandCastle FAQ #1
What keeps the sand together?
Whether it’s a romantic wedding sand sculpture or marriage proposal, a clean business advertisement perfectly written in the sand yet looking like marble, or just a magical sand castle standing tall with parapets and turrets on the Santa Rosa Beaches of the 30A corridor, Rick “TheSandman” Mungeam inevitably is asked the same question;
What keeps the sand together?
He has answered this question many, many times and in many different ways, but the basic answer is always the same, “It’s just water”. One young man, age 7, decided that after about the 15th person he hear ask Rick this question, he decided that Rick’s basic answer of “just water” was not adequate, so he interjected, “It’s seagull spit”. We laughed at the comment. The young man realized, as we had not, that a lot of people aren’t happy with the idea that “it’s just water” added to the sand to hold the sculpture together.
In fact it’s not really the water, not really. Eric Sonstroem’s article on Indiana Public Media’s website, Moment of Science, explains that the real reason why sand sticks together when it’s wet is the result of a characteristic of water, called surface tension. When “just water” is added to the sand it forms something like a magnetic field between every grain of sand, holding the sand in place. When the sand dries out the sand sculptor’s time and talent, along with the sand, melds back into the beach.
Even though the science of sand castle building has now been explained in fairly simple terms you might still hear Rick “TheSandman” Mungeam telling people, “it’s seagull spit”. So just smile and nod and know, the special ingredient that holds the sand together; “it’s just water”.
When you visit the beautiful sugar sand beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast, from Destin to Rosemary Beach, a unique service is available to make your Gulf Coast family vacation one of the most memorable of all; Sandcastle Lessons with www.BeachSandSculptures.com. Let’s explore several reasons to schedule a family sandcastle lesson.
Tips: When TheSandman RickMungeam of BeachSandScuptures.com teaches a sandcastle lesson to your family, you will learn about the different types of sand on the same beach, and how different sand will impact the success of your sandcastle or sculpture. He teaches the importance of water in the sand and you will learn “exactly” how much water you should add to make the sand easy to sculpt.
Tools: You will be surprised at the not so unique tools that are used to create magical masterpieces in sand; Ice cream scoop, paint brush, pastry spatula, and furniture movers. The how and where – to use these tools is of great importance. Buckets and straws are areas of learning that open up greater possibilities for scope and dimension in sand sculpting skills acquisition.
Techniques: Cutting, stacking and packing, that only the “Experts” know; which will forever change the way you build sandcastles.
Family cooperation: Our experience shows that in a lesson environment family members develop and participate in a level of group cooperation that may not have been experience before. “That’s the magic of sand”, says Capri Mungeam, TheSandman’s wife, about how a sandcastle lesson can transform family dynamics.
A Masterpiece: Has your 8 year old, or even you, created a sandcastle that stands 3 feet tall? TheSandman will work together with your family to create a sandcastle your family will be proud of. As each family member participated they will take ownership of your family masterpiece. “We make sure that success is attained” in every class, assures TheSandman.
Sandcastle Envy: Your family will be amazed at the compliments, comments and photos that they will receive from other beach goers who set their eyes upon your unique creation.
Digital Memories: The sandcastle lesson process and the resulting sandcastle or sand sculpture creates opportunities for fabulous photos that will capture your special vacation for future times of fun and meaningful memories.