Berea alum designs sand sculpture to represent college’s Great Commitments
Drivers might do a double-take as they turn off of Chestnut Street and onto Prospect.
A large sand sculpture made of 21.5 tons of sand sits near the street across from the town Christmas tree.
Damon Farmer, a 1975 Berea College graduate, was asked to design a sculpture that reflected the college’s Great Commitments.
Each puzzle piece symbolizes one of the commitments, and they all unite to represent Berea College, he said.
Although “sand sculpting” was definitely not one of the student crafts at Berea College, he joked, he has been sculpting sand since he was a student there.
Farmer spent Monday through Friday packing the wet sand, sculpting and slathering the surface with a little Elmer’s glue to create a crust, he said.
The glue protects the sculpture from wind erosion, but the sand “is more durable than people think,” he added.
Farmer grew up in Berea, but now lives in Woodford County. Many may recognize his work from Berea’s Fourth of July celebrations and Berea College’s sesquicentennial celebration.
For details, visit damonfarmer.com.
Crystal Wylie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.