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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

20 Tons of Sand Gets Dumped on the Utah Arts Festival

For Immediate Release
Contact: Eugenie Hero Jaffe 801.599.2040 / Eugenie@getbombshell.com

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20 Tons of Sand Gets Dumped on the Utah Arts Festival

Salt Lake City, UT:  Days before the Utah Arts Festival begins on June 21, 20 tons of sand will get dumped on the Festival grounds, 200 East and 400 South.

Sand artist Ted Seibert will move in for the week and create a giant sand sculpture, which will be complete mid-Festival sometime between June 21 and June 24. Festival-goers will be able to watch the sand evolve into a work of art.

Seibert is at the helm of the Sand Sculpture Company, known for its outrageously large and detailed work. More than a mere sand castle, Seibert and his artists are the current world record holders for the tallest hand shoveled sand sculpture; 24’ .02” in 86 hours. In all, The Sand Sculpture Company sculptors have set a total of six world records dating back to 1989 (a record that no other crew can lay claim to).

Since 1986, the Sand Sculpture Company has built hundreds of sculptures across North America, Bermuda, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. It’s lead sculptor, Seibert is an artist by background and training. He discovered that sand sculpting is the ideal combination of art and sport. As co-captain of the competitive team Totally in Sand, he has helped set six world records, duly noted in the Guinness Book of World Records. He is a World, North American, U.S. National and Canadian National Champion. Seibert is author of the acclaimed The Art of Sandcastling and the Sandcastle in a Box. He has been recognized in book, The Sculpture Reference, as one of 288 leading contemporary living sculptors. Along with sand, Seibert sculpts in wood, clay, and is a fine art oil painter. Ted participated in the first reality television show on sand sculpting, Sand Blasters, which aired on the Travel Channel, in 2006 and the second season in 2007.

The 2012 Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24 from noon to 11 p.m. on Library Square, 400 South and 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City.

Adult admission is $10 at the gate, $7 in advance. Children 12 and under are free. Seniors 65 and above are $5. Reduced adult admission is $5 and available from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

For details, news and artists updates, visit www.uaf.org.

Follow the Utah Arts Festival on Facebook and Twitter @utahartsfest

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Eugenie Hero Jaffe
Bombshell Music & Media

"How do I pronounce her name," you ask? Say: U-je-knee

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