Astonishing Sand Sculpting By World Renowned Artist Ray Villafane
On display through September 5, 2016
~ Free Admission ~ 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ~
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion/
Carefree Desert Gardens 101 Easy Street, Carefree, Arizona
Come play amidst the Carefree Desert Gardens with over 30 tons of sand! World renowned sculptor, Ray Villafane, not only carves pumpkins for Carefree in the Fall, but has made an impact on the sand sculpting community, creating award winning larger-than-life sand sculptures for various attractions and events through out the world. He's been to Russia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Italy and now Carefree! Ray also creates the Carefree Pumpkin Garden in October for the Town. Over 30,000 people visited the exhibition with major media outlets traveling the country to see his unparalleled work.
Meet Hershel Higginbottom the mouse who has made a move and has ended the game with Chessie Trunkston!
From Left: Ray Villafane and artist Sue Beatrice owner of All Natural Arts . Ray has a team of skilled professionals he calls upon to collaborate on exhibits. You might remember Sue Beatrice as she carved pumpkins at the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree in 2015.
Owl with babies located on the west side of the Gardens
Completed April 2016
Samples of Ray Villafane's Global Sand Creations:
Ray Villafane, standing next to one of his creations in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
One of Ray's first sculptors in 2008 was for the annual sand sculpting project in the town of Jeselo, Italy in the the province of Venice called the "Nativity Scene". Soon invited back due to his overwhelming following to sculpt Dante's Inferno.
Just blocks away from Red Square and the Kremlin, Ray was part of an international team that was commissioned by the Cathedral of Christ Our Saviour, one of Moscow's largest cathedrals. Ray carved the portion of the sculpture of which two other sculptors worked on as well- it was part of a larger piece carved by others that is not shown.
Invited to Germany where Ray has fun sculpting personalities of all types! This is a tribute to Franz Messerschmidt, a German sculptor from the 1700's who did studies of individuals in exaggerated facial expressions.
Invited back to Jeselo, Italy to create "Dantes Inferno" one of the most pivotal sculptures of the local sand show.