Last summer I posted a version of this sand sculpture here. The sculpture, entitled “Violet Picking Lavender,” was a volunteer effort by Kali Bradford who spent over 200 hours on the work to celebrate Sequim’s annual Lavender Faire and Festival. I posted a photo of the work on July 7th. A week later vandals destroyed the top of the castle and smashed “Violet’s” head off.
Bradford returned to work on the sculpture last month, adding the lion to protect Violet. And she rebuilt Violet’s head.
I don’t think this dragon was part of the earlier sculpture when I saw it; it’s not in any of the photos I took.
Although there is rain erosion, you can see some of the human-caused damage in this shot. To call it senseless is an understatement.
Bradford admitted she didn’t have the heart to rebuild the sculpture after the vandalism but said in the newspaper last Friday getting back to the sculpture was a way for her to heal from the vandalism. “That’s the great thing about sand: I can always rebuilt it.”