One hundred tons of sand will be dumped in the middle of the University Mall Monday night - and that's OK with the management.
Melinda Welling, marketing director, says it's for an exciting promotion.The sand is for a Treasures of the Sea sculpture that will be created from a huge sandbox over the next two weeks by artist Chris Tobey and his assistant from United Sculptures of America.
In the end, there'll be a magical sea dragon, buried treasure and a gigantic wave that will reveal a marvelous underground "sand" aquarium of sea creatures.
The visiting artists will sculpt from the top of the pile and take down the sand inside a giant sand box as they go. Spectators can watch the process and even ask questions, as the two will be wired with microphones throughout the 12- to 14-day event.
"It is our goal to provide our shoppers with an entertaining promotion," said Welling, "but we also want to provide an educational experience. On the back side of the sculpture, the side view of sea life is for people of all ages to come and learn about the creatures and plant life that live in our oceans."