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Botanical Garden Announces 24-Ton Sand Adventure

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Flickr user *Aqualung (Chris Wraight)

Ted Siebert, an internationally renowned sand sculptor, is leading a design team in building three massive artworks at the San Antonio Botanical Garden using 24 tons of sand.

The designs will include the Alamo and the Moy Grand Hibiscus flower.

The Moy Hibiscus was first produced at the Botanical Garden in a cross-breed experiment by Dr. Ying Doon Moy, whose colleagues eventually got the hibiscus planted along roads in China.

But it started here in San Antonio, and the depiction in sand will be as giant as the flower itself.

Siebert has built hundreds of sand sculptures all over the world, and says the "artist in action" event at the Botanical Center will offer guests an up-close and personal look at the process.

The art event targets families who might need a creative spring break activity. Garden guests will also find other interactive things to do throughout the spring break week.

Kids and their grown-ups can create chalk art and fence art masterpieces, play on the beach, find buried treasure, or learn about the science of sand.

The activities vary during the week between Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 17. 

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Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.