Architect turns 400 tons of sand into Easter joy - Tucson News Now

Architect turns 400 tons of sand into Easter joy

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Easter spiritual sand sculpture in Findlay is complete.

For fifteen years, landscape architect Roger Powell has turned 400 tons of sand into an inspirational message.

"It's beyond amazing," said Cynthia Bowling.

That's the reaction folks have when they see the intricate sculpture.

Roger and a crew of 100 volunteers worked six days to complete the project.

All the images, including Jesus on the cross, are hand crafted.

There's no underlying support.

"When you're working on the sculpture and look out into the audience and see the fellowship going on and the people smiling together, that's the reward for me," said Roger.

Those smiling faces come to the Hancock County Fairgrounds at all hours of the day and night to admire the sandy sculpture.

"It's really a grand celebration of Easter," said Elaine Smiraldo.

Jennifer Byrd agrees.

"It just reminds us of what God does for us and who he is to us," said Jennifer.

But there's more to see.

This year, the back part of the sculpture is a salute to World War Two veterans.

The centerpiece is Roger's recreation of the famous Iwo Jima flag raising statue in Washington D.C.

"Without the freedom in this country, we can't do anything. To be able to do something like this I think is wonderful," said Roger.

You can visit the sculpture through next Saturday.

It's one man's way of showing his faith and patriotism one grain of sand at a time.

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