Red Rocks Community College News Release

Red Rocks Community College
News Release
More information: Kim Rein
June 27, 2013          


Red Rocks sponsors team to build sand sculpture in Arvada

Red Rocks Community College recently participated in Sand in the City®, a sand sculpting contest and festival hosted by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. The event was held June 14 and 15 on the lawn south of the Arvada Center at 68th and Wadsworth.

The Red Rocks team of 20, led by college president Dr. Michele Haney, included RRCC faculty, staff, students, plus some friends and family. The RRCC Foundation paid the contest entry fee and also funded supplies that were needed. The team competed against nine other local teams to build their sculpture--a giant RRCC logo. Although the team had no previous experience sculpting sand, participants were able to attend a ‘Sand 101’ orientation and a hands-on sculpting training. In addition, the teams were assigned an architect to help design and guide the project.

“We were delighted to participate in this unique contest to support our community and Arvada campus,” said Michele Haney.

Approximately 200 tons of sand were deposited and divided into piles the day before the contest. Teams were allowed to make initial preparations from 8-10 a.m. before the official timed contest began at 10 a.m. The first three hours were spent shoveling sand into wooden forms, pouring water, stirring the mixture, and using weighted tools to pack it down. Teamwork was key as members took turns with the physical labor of preparing the sand for sculpting. Next, team members used sculpting devices ranging from gardening tools to kitchen utensils to Popsicle sticks to carve out the details.

“It was really amazing to see our sculpture come together,” said Gina Jimenez, Manager, Arvada Campus Academic Services. “Team members who thought they were not artistic turned out to be very skilled at creating our Red Rocks sand sculpture!” Jimenez got into the spirit of the event by recruiting her husband, their teenage daughter, and two friends for the team.

The festival was open to the public that evening and on Saturday, and included live music, children’s activities, food vendors, and retail vendors. Visitors were able to vote on their favorite sculpture. ERA, a water quality testing and compliance company in Golden, won the contest for their sculpture of minion scientists inspired by the movie “Despicable Me.”

The Red Rocks group had a great time…and a few of the team are already thinking about a sculpture theme for next year!

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