I love to walk the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland during the hot months of summer. It’s great while walking to get a whiff of funnel cakes, hot dogs, pizzas, and visit ice cream parlors that lure people to partake of their foods too. I like sitting on the boardwalk and watch people, this is an entertaining event in itself, and people can actually see many styles of clothes, shoes, and hair-do’s that will entice them to see if they can find the same things in the mall.
There are all different sized people displaying their own preferences; some men like speedo bathing suits while others prefer the boxer suit type; some ladies sport skimpy bikinis while others like the full swimsuit. They like short-shorts, medium shorts, and at the knees shorts all with different styles of tops.
Teens flirt and hold hands, gazing into each other eyes, and mature adult women look as they see handsome men or as the men see women and their mates give them a mean look. It’s like it is okay for the for the men to look but women had better not look. There’s seniors holding hands and walking at slow paces and then there are small children running and hiding in the crowd.
There are people who like long hair, short hair, baldness, spiked hair, Mohawk cuts, and then the normal hair-do’s are “still” among the crowds too. They sport dark tans, medium tans and some are as pale as ghosts. Everyone is in their own little world as they scan the boardwalk for something to do or to get into. There are games to play, gift shops to visit, and different types of restaurants to have a bite to eat.
While I take the two mile plus walk along the boardwalk, I’m constantly looking for those artists who use the sand to sculpture some of the most magnificent religious sculptures I’ve ever seen. Sculptures of Jesus, Noah and the Ark, and other biblical figures sculptured from the sand to embrace many people who stroll along to view their beauty and to meditate about God. It’s astounding the amount of work and effort these artists and helpers put into each sand sculpture. People stop to take pictures of them and others stop to stand in silence and to marvel at their beauty.
I’ve never met any of the artists but I know one thing for sure, their sculptures cause people to stop and to reflect on God. They cause people to ponder why these artists are drawn to the beach goers to build these religious sculptures in the sand. They work effortlessly for hours in the sun to erect them. In my personal opinion this comes from people who love God and wants to leave a message for others to reflect on God’s greatness and the love he has to offer mankind when they accept him into their life.
Many may think it’s a strange place for religious sand sculptures on a beach but to see the blessings it brings to beach goers it is unbelievable and people love them. This is one of the main attractions at the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. If you ever have a chance to visit Ocean City’s boardwalk, don’t miss these magnificent sculptures they’ll leave you with a personal religious blessing.
This article was written by Barbara Ann Smith – Copyright 2012 – In appreciation to all of those artists who give of themselves to build religious sand sculptures for beach goers to see and enjoy there magnificent beauty.
Photograph Images & Copyrights as follows:
2. wikimedia commons/Ranjitmakkuni
3. wikimedia commons/Bronze Sculpture by In
5. wikimedia commons/Georges Jansoone