Artists turn a pile of sand into a thing of beauty

Master sand sculpting competitors work on their designs, made entirely of just sand and water, during the annual sand sculpting classic

Melineige Beauregard, of Montreal, works on the details of her sand castle titled "Dance of the Undefined" at the annual sand sculpting

Carl Jara, of Cleveland, Ohio, works on the details of his sand castle titled "I can't get this out of my mind" at the annual sand scul

David Andrews, of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, works on the details of his sand castle titled "Hands of Fate" at the annual sand sculpting cla

Justin Gordon, of Groveland, Mass., works on the details of his sand castle titled "Gazing Life Beyond" at the annual sand sculpting cl

The detail of a relaxing figure made of just sand and water, titled "Horizontalism" by artist Joris Kivits of the Netherlands, is displ

Wires poke from the detail of a bird, to detract actual birds from landing, on a sand sculpture titled "Seduction" by Michel Lepire, of

Beachgoers walk along the boardwalk while viewing sand castles on Hampton Beach in Hampton, N.H., Friday, June 16, 2017. Artists from N

HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. (AP) — Artists have spent the past several days on a New Hampshire beach turning mounds of sand into massive sculptures that include a bird, warrior and, of course, a castle.

The 10 sculptors are taking part in the 17th Annual Master Sand Sculpting contest on a fenced-in section of Hampton Beach.

The artists, one from the Netherlands, started carving their creations with 10 tons of sand each on Thursday and have until Saturday to finish them.

Once they are finished, they will be sprayed with a concoction of water and glue to ensure they aren't destroyed by the wind.

Winners of the $15,000 in prize money will be announced Saturday night.

Greg Grady, a founder of the competition, said the sculptures will be on display through June 28.