Sculptures in the sand – The Island Eye News

By IOP Exchange Club for The Island Eye News

It was such a pleasure to be in the cheerleading section of “Team LENS” at the Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting contest on Saturday. We have created an emblem! And we won a prize! LENS – Law Enforcement Neighborhood Support – is the Isle of Palms Exchange Club’s newest community support project.

Exchange member Ted Kinghorn recruited our newest members, Thomas Holthus and Debra Sullivan, then enlisted the help of our friend and Ace sculptor, Allan West, without whom it would have been a failure. Allan’s sand sculpture dates back 30 years when he made one for fun on 5th Avenue. A policeman came and told him there was a contest on the beach. He and his son joined him, surfered a wave and won. So they were hooked. Her brother Gene, sister Meredith and son Stephen were normally part of the crew and have been on most of them over the years. He says he “loves doing it, but it’s hard at 73”. This year, Allan used his artistic skills to design the LENS, Exchange, and IOP Police emblems, then engaged his years of sand sculpting expertise to build the shapes and lead the team to a rewarding finish. Watching our team work, I was impressed by the intensity of the work and pleasantly surprised by our “Adult – Second Place” award.

I had told people that I didn’t expect us to do this to win, but to show community support. So the best reward was seeing two officers pose for photos next to their gritty IOP Police emblem. Yeah the team.