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18th annual International Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival featured Wonders of the World by world-class artists; Saugus resident wins People’s Choice

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  The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival – presented by the Revere Beach Partnership and its sponsors – is one of the largest free events in Massachusetts. Over the course of last weekend, it was estimated that more than one million people ventured to the boulevard to enjoy the sculptures, beach, entertainment and food along America’s First Public Beach. Saugus resident Deb Barrett-Cutulle won People’s Choice for “Sk-Eyeshadow-S.”
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Atlantic City, N.J., resident Matt Deibert sculpted “A Beautiful Mind” about the struggles of schizophrenia.
Musical group Trif3cta had fans dancing.
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Third place winner Hanneke Supply, who is from Belgium, said her piece, “I Am Nature,” was about how people have a lot to learn from nature.
Texan Albert Lucio Sr.’s piece was “Pride.”
“Jokers Wild” was based on an old tattoo pattern by Florida resident Andrew Daily.
Saugus resident Talia Cutulle performed the National Anthem.
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Visitors took the scene all in.
Fireworks made quite a show.
Second place and Sculptors Choice winner Slavian Borecki hails from Poland. His piece was “The Three Sisters.”
Residents Carmen and Delma Correa enjoyed the private reception tent on Saturday.
Winners Karen Fralich and Deb Barrett-Cutulle
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Saugus resident Deb Barrett-Cutulle won People’s Choice for “Sk-Eyeshadow-S.”
“Anxiety Stronghold” by Bruce Peck depicted the struggles of generalized anxiety disorder – another mental health piece.
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New Hampshire resident Greg Grady Jr.’s fortune-teller piece was inspired by the Tom Hank’s movie “Big.”
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The National Geographic “Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience” was an event sponsor this year.
Competition medal winners, from left to right: first place winner Abe Waterman, second place winner Slavian Borecki, third place winner Hanneke Supply, fourth place winner Bouke Atema, fifth place winner Karen Fralich and People’s Choice winner Deb Barrett-Cutulle.
Mayor Brian Arrigo with Marie Voto
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Cambridge residents Cai McCann and Maytee Chan said Saugus resident Deb Barrett-Cutulle’s piece was their favorite.
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Florida resident Andrew Daily’s “Jokers Wild” was inspired by an old tattoo pattern.
Japan native Matsu Yoshi’s theme was “Okay For Peace With Origami Crane.”
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Intricate design was featured on the centerpiece and the other sculptures.
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Hailing from New Jersey, sculptor Matthew Deibert perfected his piece.
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Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt was one of the event sponsors.
Shown from left to right: State Rep. Jeff Turco, State Senator Lydia Edwards, community leader Kathleen Heiser, Mayor Brian Arrigo, State Rep. Jessica Giannino and Councillor-at-Large Steven Morabito.
The Colossus of Rhodes in Greece, the Statue of Liberty in America, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and the Great Wall of China were carved in sand.
Thousands watched the fireworks from the sand.
Florida residents Araya, 10, Jade, 11, and Anthony Daddario, 8, with Chase Dorsey, 12, said “8 p.m.” was creative.
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Bouke Atema, of the Netherlands, won fourth place for “8 p.m.” with a movie ticket.
Boston residents Taku, Ko, 18 months, Ryo, 4, and Erina Kasai along with Mayumi Nakura and Yuto Nakura, admired the sculptures.
Fifth place winner Karen Fralich, of Canada, with “Dinotopia.”
Deb Barrett-Cutulle sketched her design for this weekend’s 18th Annual International Sand Sculpting Festival along Revere Beach.
Matt Deibert’s daughter, Frances, drew the angel (at top) as a little girl, when she was depressed. According to Deibert, the sculpture’s side represented hearing voices from all over, yet people appearing fine on the outside. The sculpture included 988, the suicide hotline.
Damon Meri, of Florida, sculpted “Damonopoly.”
Texan Christy Atkinson created “Catastrophe.”
The centerpiece, the “Wonders of the World,” included the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still in existence, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Hailing from Texas, Christy Atkinson sculpted “Catastrophe.”
California resident Morgan Rudluff’s piece was titled “Captured.”
“Zoltar Speaks – Make a Wish” was made by New Hampshire resident Greg Grady Jr.
Saugus resident Deb Barrett-Cutulle was in awe that she won People’s Choice.
Hailing from Florida, Bruce Peck sculpted “Anxiety Stronghold.” According to Peck, the jail bars on the eyes represent that someone is barely holding on.
Canada resident Abe Waterman (fourth from right) won first place for his artwork.

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