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Lucinda Wierenga

South Padre Island, Texas

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, I built my first sandcastles on the shores of Lake Michigan -- but I had to move to Texas and experience the sticky sands of the Gulf Coast to discover the artistic talents I never suspected I possessed. Over the past 30 years I have shoveled sand on such far-flung beaches as Tasmania, South Africa, Qatar and Taiwan. I have competed against the best sand sculptors in the world - without embarrassing myself - and I have witnessed the transformative powers of a well-organized pile of sand on both the artists as well as spectators. More recently, I have experimented with different ways to make my sculptures stand up to extreme weather and casual vandalism, to achieve what I like to call "semi-permanent" status. And now I am eager to return to Grand Rapids and show my homies what I have learned in the past 3 decades by creating something big and beautiful from native Michigan sand as part of the Art Prize project.

Lucinda's ArtPrize Entries

These are Lucinda's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    A Garden of Unearthly Delights

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Lucinda Wierenga
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