Just as soon as the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce finished constructing a massive sand sculpture of the six Republican presidential candidates, Jon Huntsman announced that he was getting out of the race. Huntsman is featured in the center of the sculpture
The 1,175,100-pound sand sculpture (525 tons) has taken five sand sculptors six days to complete and features three separate elements. The central feature of the sand sculpture is horseshoe-shaped and highlights the faces of all Republican presidential candidates participating in the debate; a second sand feature serves as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his birthday; and a third sand feature highlights Myrtle Beach as a premier vacation destination.
Team Sandtastic of Sarasota, Fla., in collaboration with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB, came up with the design concept and began construction on Tues., Jan. 10. Team Sandtastic has sculpted sand projects for Myrtle Beach multiple times in the past, including the World’s Tallest Sandcastle in 2007 and for two presidential primary debates held in January 2008. The sand for Mount Myrtle was provided by Carolina Sand and was locally-mined from just outside Conway, S.C.
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