When: Saturday, June 24 / 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Organizer: Baltimore Architecture Foundation

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City Sand ’23: Reimagining Baltimore’s Harborplace

June 24, 2023
11 AM – 4 PM
Harborplace Amphitheatre
201 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


Baltimore’s legacy event “City Sand” returns to Harborplace this summer!

City Sand, an annual sand sculpture competition that began in 1989 at Harborplace, returns to the Inner Harbor after a 10+ year hiatus. The legacy event, sponsored by Baltimore Architecture Foundation, MCB Real Estate/Harborplace, Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and Southway Builders, will be held on Saturday, June 24 from 11am-4pm at the Harborplace Amphitheatre between the two Harborplace Pavilions.

Teams of local architects, design professionals and builders will be provided with an area of sand approximately 10’ x 10’ x 1’ thick ( 3.7 cubic yards) in which to build on the theme of “Reimagining Harborplace – The Future of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.” The creations will be judged starting at 4pm that day by a distinguished panel of experts. The winning team will receive the “coveted” Golden Shovel Award. The public will also get to vote for their favorite with a “People’s Choice” winner being announced.

Each team is to provide its own forms, shovels, tools, buckets, etc.. No power tools, paint, additives, armatures, frameworks or accessories are allowed. Sand and water only. Water is available at the site. Only 12 teams will be able to participate, with a maximum of 8 people per team. All participants will receive a City Sand ’23 logo water bottle.

Since space is limited, teams will be assigned in order of receipt of registration. Register no later than Friday, June 2, 5pm. If you have any questions, please contact Associate Director of Baltimore Architecture Foundation, Margaret Stella Melikian – 410.625.2585×103, mstella@aiabalt.com.

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