Saturday, October 31, 2009

The SandBox Inn Trash Art Gallery

Raybo and I have been busy fine-tuning the installations in time for the upcoming Anais Mitchell house concert.

"Shovel Fish" by sandy feet (thanks to Nancy for helping to collect shovels)

"Ruffles the Unlitter Bird" by (need to find this out)

"Daisy" by Lori Brass

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Getting ready to commit art...

Trash art.

Real Estate broker Laurie Gaudi - who, not so incidentally is the only certified eco-broker on the Island - along with the unlitter campaign is sponsoring a trash art contest as part of this year's Sandcastle Days festivities. It's all happening Oct. 15-18 in Isla Blanca Park so if you want to compete against me for the $100 cash prize (adult category) then you'd better get busy.

Sez me.

(Many thanks to Nancy Marsden for her huge contribution of discarded sand shovels to my personal collection.)

Monday, October 05, 2009

Getting closer....!

It's going to get real noisy here pretty quick with all those bikers roaring to the shore, but after that the sand sculptors begin arriving - 24 of them this year! - and then we start finding that magic in the sand down at Isla Blanca Park.


See who's coming to compete this year right here.


Friday, October 02, 2009

Well here is some disturbing news

Padre Island: possible early casualty of climate changes?

The seas will rise. The storms will increase. Padre Island National Seashore will be irreversibly altered by climate change, a new report says.

On Thursday, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization released a report on the top 25 national parks being changed — or about to be — by trapped greenhouse gasses warming the earth.

“The park service has to indicate that it is serious about this, and so far it has not,” said Stephen Saunders, one of its three principal authors.

According to the report, Padre Island could be one of the first units in the national park system to literally disappear. The low dunes are already losing their protective vegetation as weather patterns change. The sand itself is being pulled offshore as stronger storms become more frequent.

Barrier islands like South Padre are naturally dynamic and normally would disappear eventually in geologic time, but the report predicted climate change will greatly accelerate its destruction.

“Padre Island could be totally submerged by rising seas,” the report states. “Padre Island has the world's longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island, much of it less than three feet above current sea level.”


Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hans York Coming to the SandBox Inn Oct. 10

Mark your calendar: Hans York is playing in MY BACK YARD (the SandBox Inn - 117 E. Saturn Lane, South Padre Island) on Oct. 10, 2009. - his song "Listen to the Moon" helped inspire my winning sculpture in Virginia Beach last week.

This show is open to everyone and I hope all my music-lovin' Island friends will turn out for it - suggested donation is $20. More info at and