Sand and Art on Cape Cod
If you are a Cape Codder you probably remember seeing sand sculptures in front of businesses as you drive along 6A and through Yarmouth. It’s officially called the Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail and this year will feature 33 sand sculptures that will begin viewing starting Memorial Day and ending on Columbus Day.
Since we have a talented in-house photographer at the Captain Freeman Inn, we thought it would be fun to visit each sand sculpture as it’s created and publish our photo of the sculpture on the Freemen’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
The Man who created it
Sean Fitzpatrick, also known as Fitzysnowman, created the first Yarmouth Sand Sculpture in 2011 which featured one sculpture at a beach and six at local businesses. His sand art was so well received that the following summer he created nearly 40. His sculpting talents were born one summer when he was looking for a way to entertain his daughter and son on the beach and ended up sand sculpting an 8 foot snake out of sand. He has such a great reaction from all the nearby children that he continued with a new sculpture the following summer and realized that he had over 200 people watching him. In 2000, just a few weeks after creating a web site, Comcast hired him to create 16 promotional sand sculptures across Massachusetts and so his artistic talents were recognized. He quit his job as an auto mechanic and started a business of sand sculpting, pumpkin carving and snow and ice sculpting. You can check out his web site here. Just love to hear about such a fun grass root success story!
How to create a large sand sculpture
So one might ask how can these sand sculptures last until fall? It’s all in the type of sand and getting the moisture out before the sculpting begins. It takes 3 tons of quarried sand to create a sculpture 4-5 feet tall. A small amount of water is added to the sand which is then compacted in plywood frames to squeeze the air out. Fitzpatrick uses a combination of tools to sculpt including cake frosting tools with a spatula being his favorite! When the sculpture is done they seal it with a combination of Elmer’s glue and water which forms a thin egg-shell barrier to protect the art.
What do the sculptures look like?
Every year Fitzysnowman Sculpting makes new and original designs by working with the businesses on their vision for the sand sculpture. Past sculptures have included ships, town landmarks, and even starfish-themed movie characters! We’ll take pictures of each and let us know your favorite.
Details on 2019 Sand Sculpture Trail
To download a map of the trail go to- www.yarmouthcapecod.com/sand-sculpture-trail-2019/
We are going to be following them on their Facebook page as they announce when a particular sculpture is done. You can follow too here– All of the sculptures will be done by July4th.
Participating business for 2019:
- Aiden by Best Western
- Bass River Golf Course
- Bellew Tile and Marble
- Cape Cod Creamery
- Cape Cod Jeep Rentals
- The Cove Resort
- Cultural Center of Cape Cod
- Dunkin Donuts (Station Avenue)
- Hampton Inn and Suites Cape Cod
- Hearth N’ Kettle
- Ice Cream by Sprinkles
- John Sears Landscaping
- Just Picked Gifts
- Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
- Kinlin Grover Real Estate
- Pancake Man
- Seafood Sam’s
- Silver Unicorn
- Route 28 Diner
- Taki’s Pizza
- Taylor Bray Farm
- Today’s Real Estate
- Town of Yarmouth
- Whydah Pirate Museum
- Yarmouth Senior Center
This project is partially funded by the Town of Yarmouth’s Tourism Revenue Preservation Fund.
Come stay with us
Enjoy a getaway to Cape Cod and relax on our beautiful beaches, enjoy our farm to table breakfasts and have fun scouting out all of these fun sand sculptures in Yarmouth. What a fun way to spend an afternoon and after all – you can end up at Cape Cod Creamery and enjoy a delicious homemade cone!