PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The EQT Three Rivers Regatta kicks off on Tuesday. As always, there will be a lot to check out, including a returning favorite – the sand sculpture.

This year’s sculpture took seven truckloads of sand and weighs about 160 tons and is stacked 12 feet tall.

Between the size and the incredible detail, this sculpture is truly something to see.

“A lot of people can relate to building a sand castle on the beach and we’re doing basically the same thing. We’re just doing it much larger and putting a more artistic twist on it,” Jill Harris from Sandsational Sand Sculpting said.

It took a crew of four people two weeks to mold the massive mound of sand. The artists spent three days just compacting the sand and getting it ready to sculpt.

Then, the really hard part started when they used tools like shovels to create art.

This year’s work is titled, “America’s Pioneering Spirit.” The display is packed with history celebrating our nation.

“You’ll see people homesteading, you see a Lois and Clark scene, there’s a small scene of people trading and then you’ll see a wagon train of people heading west,” Harris said.

The sculpture was created by Florida-based company, Sandsational Sand Sculpting.

Employees travel all over the world building extreme and outrageous displays.

The sand for this display came from Georgetown, Beaver County.

“I just want people to stand here and really discover all the little details we put in here and everybody will look at it and make their own story about it,” Thomas Koet said.

The team will wrap up work on the sculpture today, then the display will be ready for the public tomorrow at the Regatta.

As far as location, all you have to do is cross the Portal Bridge at Point State Park and you’ll run right into it.


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