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It's Officially Sandcastle Season by the Hotel del Coronado

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May 9, 2011 at 5:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

The famous red-roofed Hotel del Coronado may have quite the storied history—Thomas Edison dealt with the electrical installation, Marilyn Monroe's Some Like It Hot was filmed here and author L. Frank Baum wrote much of The Wizard of Oz on one of the rooms—but these days some of the coolest creativity is happening outside of its walls down on the beach.

While wandering barefoot in the smooth sand, watching the nearby navy base's helicopters fly over, we stumbled upon a sandcastle. It's not just any sandcastle, however; this is a work of art by Billy Pav, aka "The Sandcastle Man." For over thirty years, he's been building intricate designs solely from the sand, water and shells of San Diego beaches. According to his website, Coronado is his favorite spot, and it's fortunately where we found him this weekend. This particular sandcastle instantly made us think of architect Howard Roark from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.

Pav brings his family out the beach to do sandcastle art as a hobby, although there is a tip jar out in case passersby are feeling generous. If you'd like to spot him working his magic, look for him on the weekend and Friday evenings. We can imagine spending a day on the beach tanning, casually looking on and being jealous that our own hobbies don't afford such awesome views.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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