Coney Island sand sculptures range from castles to towers and lizards

Arri Blumenfeld puts finishing touches on her “Imagination Animal” sculpture at the 24th annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)

Castles and other sandy sculptures rose into the Coney Island air Saturday, vying for best creations under the Brooklyn boardwalk.

In super-competitive New York City, more than 70 people aimed to outdo one another at the 24th annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest.

Some of the designs were typical, such as fairy-tale castles. Others were a little odd. One of those was a “Whack a Zombie” creation.

Abraham Cruz’s “Lady Liberty,” Arri Blumenfeld’s “Imagination Animal” and Bradley Pion’s “Giant Turtle” won the individual categories for adult, child and youth (ages 14 to 18), respectively.

Group prizes went to works titled “Castle to the Sky,” “Premordial Lizard,” “Cat Named Bob” and “Freedom Tower.”

Proceeds from two of the sponsors will benefit Coney Island residents still rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, which tore up the boardwalk and destroyed area houses and businesses in 2012.

— Associated Press

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