Astonishing Sand Sculpture on Display until August By World Renowned Artist Ray Villafane! 

The Town of Carefree welcomes world renowned artist and sculptor, Ray Villafane, back to create sand art like no other within the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, Carefree Desert Gardens.

The 30 ton masterpiece is anticipated to be completed by April 1! Our most frequently asked question is what happened to the elephant? Chessie Trunkston was re-purposed and will be transformed into a 30 ton desert tortoise with 3 babies on her back. The last (but not least) sand creation with be the baby tortoise who has slid out of its' shell and landed in front of all the visitors. 

Ray has invited Nikolay Torkhov, professional sculptor from Russia, to help with the 30 tons of grandeur. You may remember his sculpting work at the 2016 pumpkin festival.

For the first time Villafane has also invited professional stone balancer, Tim Anderson, a Pennsylvania native, to join him in Carefree the weekend of March 17-19 to transform the Gardens into an artistic stone stacking playground. Visitors can watch demonstrations, participate and ask questions as Ray and Tim defy the laws of physics without the use of any adhesives other than gravity and stones provided by Mother Nature to create unusual artistic formations in the Desert Gardens pools and around the scenic landscape. 

Exhibit will remain on display through the summer of 2017 in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion 
Carefree Desert Gardens
101 Easy Street 
Carefree, AZ 85377, 480-488-3686

Entrance is FREE* 

Professional stone balancer, Tim Anderson, was invited by Ray Villafane to transform the Desert Gardens into a stone stacking playground March 17-19, 2017.
Ray also creates the Carefree Pumpkin Garden in October for the Town. Over 50,000 people visited the 2016 exhibition with major media outlets traveling the country to see his unparalleled work.
In Spring of 2016, world renowned sculptor, Ray Villafane, made an impact on the sand sculpting community, creating an award winning larger-than-life 24 ton sand sculpture of an elephant out of silt sourced from the bottom of the Salt River in Arizona. His masterpiece took 14 days to complete and was on display in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion through the summer of 2016.