Astonishing Sand Sculpture by Artist Ray Villafane! 


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

This 30 ton masterpiece of the Tortellini Brothers took 30 days to complete and will stay preserved with a little water and glue lightly sprayed upon it's surface. The silt was sourced from the Arizona Salt River, filtered, mixed with water and tamped to provide a consistency worthy of sculpting. 

Where can you visit and take pictures of the sculpture?
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion 
Carefree Desert Gardens
101 Easy Street 
Carefree, AZ 85377, 480.488.3686
*Call before visiting to ensure sand is still on display due to possible weather damage
FUN FACT: 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.
The sand and Stone theme came from Ray's love of balancing rocks. He decided to invite professional stone balancer, Tim Anderson, to help him transform the Desert Gardens into a stone stacking playground March 17-19, 2017.
Our most frequently asked question is what happened to the 2016 elephant Ray sculpted? 
"Chessie Trunkston" 
was re-purposed into the Tortellini Brothers 30 ton sculpture!