Views of the Neighborhood

Author John W. Howell delivers spectacular shots of the almost completed sand sculptures at the Port Aransas Texas Sandfest! Please, read on…

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Last week I ran a preview to the Texas SandFest and promised more pictures this week. I have to provide a little disclaimer. Since my deadline for posting for Sunday is Saturday, I had to be satisfied with the sculptures state of readiness.  The artists have until Sunday noon to finish their work for judging. You will get an idea of the work even though they are unfinished at this time.

This first photo is of the sculpture honoring our military personnel.

Texas SandFest

Here is a closer look at the work.

The heart reads “Thank you Troops and Vets” with a subscript saying “military smiles.”

Here is a shot of the finished side honoring those who fell in the Texas Revolution

The fourth side of the honor piece is a tribute to the Alamo and the people who lost their lives.

There is also a huge sculpture recognizing the sponsors of SandFest

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

4 thoughts on “Views of the Neighborhood”

    1. I am so impressed with sand sculptors and ice sculptors who perform their art in public at the mercy of the elements. I’m happy with whatever they create! The art is the significant thing, not the subject of the finished product, in my view. These artists remind us of the kinds of pursuits that elevate humanity because they unveil great beauty. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kim!


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