Sand Sculptors

Sand Sculptors

Sunday, August 17, 2003
| Ephesians 5:15-20

Artists who create sculptures in the sand don’t have long to appreciate their work. The tide washes it away within hours. They’ve discovered the meaning of living in the moment — of redeeming the time.

Meet Randy Hofman.

He’s an artist — a sculptor dealing in primarily religious themes. He’s created monumental works such as “Christ on the Cross,” “The Last Supper,” “Jesus Praying” and “David and Goliath.”

His medium is sand. And sea water.

Right now — in the middle of August — if you live anywhere near Ocean City, Maryland, you can stroll down the boardwalk, and it’s a safe bet you’ll see some of his work. He’s been doing it now for two decades.

He creates extraordinary sculptures out of normal beach sand and sea water in front of the Plim Plaza Hotel on the beach at Second Street, and he’s also worked at South Padre Island, Texas. An ordained minister since 1985, Hofman now earns his living as an artist and views his sand sculptures as his ministry. The good reverend gives his God-given talents for God’s good use.

Sand sculpting, which is growing in national popularity, is a purposely temporary and fragile art form. Here today, gone tomorrow, taken by tide, or rain, or wind. The...

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