Hot fun in the summertime - so what is a PMINJ
member to do? No monthly meeting, no speakers, no
satellite locations, no symposium, no training - but New
Jersey has its beaches, sand and history…
I’m sure most of us that went to the beach as a kid probably
brought a toy pail and shovel to play in the sand, first thing
that comes to mind is to build a sandcastle. Well, building a
sandcastle or sand sculpture is not just for kids, adults also
like to have their fun showing off their skills in shaping
sand - not to mention project managers practicing their craft
in planning and managing the sand castle build!
Sand sculpting is a form of entertainment in many beaches
across the world, as sand artists profit from their work as
tourists pose beside their picture-perfect sculptures. Around
the globe, beach-side sculptors and architects have elevated
the summer pastime of sandcastle-building into an incredible
art form and feverishly compete.
But did you know that the first known profitable sand
sculpture was built right here - in Atlantic City, during the
late 19th century? The first sand sculpture was created
by Philip McCord in 1897 featuring a drowned mother and her
baby in macabre form. During the late 1800’s spectators and
passersby walking along the boardwalk would throw tips. Word
spread that there was money in sand sculpting and many had
ventured into the sand-building business on almost every
block… to the point that it became a nuisance to the Atlantic
City town fathers.
In 1944, a violent hurricane demolished Atlantic City's
boardwalk and destroyed its sand dunes. The city government
saw it as an opportunity to ban sand sculpting – a law that
was in existence until 2014!
But by the late 1940’s, Americans started vacationing at the
beach, and family sandcastle contests started to pop up on
beach-side resorts in many towns along the east coast.
However, modern-day sand sculpting as we know it only came
into its own during the 1970’s in California. This was
made possible by the Sand
Sculptors International (SSI)
, a team formed by Todd
Vander Pluym and Gerry Kirk. SSI established the
standards for sand sculpting. Sand sculptors have SSI…
project managers have PMI!
Today, most beach-side resort towns host at least one
sandcastle contest – take a look at the nine contests in NJ
for the month of July... and more planned in August!
So, no matter what you are planning, building or tracking this
summer... be it a sandcastle, skyscraper, software
application, or regulatory trial, you’ll always need a project
plan. Fun, work, or leisure… always remember the
Enjoy a safe and happy summer! Wherever you are, we are
there with you.