REVERE — When a Belgian artist took to the sand on Revere Beach, he wondered, weak and weary, what he would create.
Three days into the Revere Beach Sand Sculpting competition, Enguerrand David is fine-tuning a sculpture inspired by poets who called Boston home.
David, who also calls himself David Mac, has visited Revere Beach to compete twice, winning first and second place prizes. This year, he’s taking a different approach. Feeling uninspired after having just completed another competition in Canada, David began the first day of sculpting without a design in mind.
“At first I had no clue,” said David, who tried to pick the brains of local photographers. “I was thinking of doing something on local artists.”
That thought evolved into the differences between Edgar Allan Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“I discovered that they had completely opposite directions,” said David. “I did like Emerson, he was a positive guy. He wrote about self confidence. I had no self confidence while starting here. I said ‘I’ll pick him.'”
He chose Poe for his criticism of transcendentalists like Emerson, whom Poe called “frogpondians.”
Like the faces on Mount Rushmore, David has carefully carved each line and facial feature of the writers into a hand-packed block of sand. When complete, Emerson and Poe will have the bodies of a frog and a raven.
Each artist was given a 15-ton pile of sand delivered from a quarry in Hudson, N.H., and 26 hours to create their masterpiece. On the first day, they packed the sand tightly into frames and began cutting away at the masses. Three days later, the piles of sand are unrecognizable.
Remy Hoggard from the Netherlands is competing against her husband Paul. Her sculpture, “Goddess Rising,” was inspired by healing powers and modern beauty.
“She’s rising out of the daily life and hopefully into bliss and nature,” said Remy Hoggard.
Her facial features are based on Kylie Jenner, Remy Hoggard said, because she is considered the face of beauty right now.
“Of course, Kylie Jenner is also rising,” she said. “She’s self-made.”
The sculpture of the woman includes intricate patterns and designs and many three-dimensional flowers.
On the other side of the centerpiece sculpture, her husband Paul has crafted an enormous baby. His piece “Baby Love” details the facial features of a chubby newborn as it sleeps peacefully on its side.
Organizers will blow the whistle on the competition Saturday afternoon and first, second, and third place winners will be announced. Spectators can also vote for the recipient of the people’s choice award.