First it was September’s “Zombie Walk” in Asbury Park, now it’s the “Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition” in Point Beach.
A Guinness World Records adjudicator will officially certify the sandcastle on Jenkinson’s Beach as the new World’s Tallest Sandcastle on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, according to a release issued today by The Sandy Castle Foundation.
“Thanks to the great support of Steve Conboy and his company, Eco Building Products, we’ve been able to secure an adjudicator from Guinness World Records to come out and officially certify that we have broken the world record for the tallest sandcastle,” said sculptor Ed Jarrett. “This is such a wonderful reward for everyone who worked so hard to help us build both sandcastles this year – after all, the sand touched by everyone on the first attempt is the same sand that went into the second attempt.”
While Jarrett’s first attempt to break his own current tallest sandcastle record of 37-feet, 10-inches tall earlier this year was unsuccessful (the Sandy Castle soared more than 30-feet in the air), there were many winners: his efforts raised more than $50,000 for Hometown Heroes, a local relief organzation, the release states.
Energized by the project’s fundraining success and driven by his promise to more than 2,500 children (4,500 total volunteers) who helped build the Sandy Castle, Jarrett began a second attempt at constructing the Sandy Castle, Second Edition, which is estimated at 40-feet tall.
The sandcastle raises awarness of the ongoing Superstorm Sandy recovery, according to the release.
Bob Alberding, a Point Beach remote control photographer that NewsWorks profiled in August, has been documenting the construction progress.
“I was impressed with the idea of giving back to the community and how much the kids would love something like this,” he said. “It was the perfect thing to keep their minds off the storm that had just ripped through our coastal communities.”
Alberding said that his aerial imagery captures views that wouldn’t be seen otherwise.
“My remote control helicopter is perfect for this project because it allows you to see it from every angle and it also puts it into perspective as to how big of a sand castle this really is. [Jarrett] spends a long time on little details all the way up at the top of the castle, and now everyone can see the effort he puts into this from every angle,” he said.