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Artists Koet and Woodworth block out the sections of work on a commission Sandsational
Sand Sculpting was creating in Biloxi, Mississippi.
friend sought her help building a sculpture.
“I volunteered to shovel and I was hooked,” she said.
She soon went pro. During an installation in
Belgium, she met her Dutch husband, who has a
master’s degree in industrial design and was doing
sand sculpture as a hobby.
Thanks to sand, the couple travels the world,
visiting resorts, malls, botanical gardens, zoos and
festivals to create new sculptures. For example, if
the coronavirus cooperates, the couple is planning
to spend a few weeks this month in Hawaii before
heading to The Netherlands, a hot spot for sand
sculptures, for a month. Then it’s off to Japan for a
couple of weeks in the spring.
They also travel around the country creating
sculptures at grand openings and corporate
commissions for such companies as Coca-Cola and
Pepsi. Sandsational’s sculptures also have been
featured on the Travel Channel.
“It’s safe to say I am home only 125 days out of the
year,” Harris said. “It’s become this global thing.”
In Brevard, Ron Jon Surf Shop is a longtime client,
as is the Brevard Zoo, which is showcasing a dozen
Sand sculptors Koet, Jill Harris and Woodworth pose in front of one of
their sand sculptures under construction.
Salute to the Armed Forces, a Sandsational sand sculpture installed in Biloxi, Mississippi.