Rusty Croft, star of Travel Channel’s Sand Masters, built a sand sculpture on Revere Beach to celebrate the Blu-Ray/DVD release of Rio 2.
SD: How much time did you spend planning this design?
RC: The Rio piece took, oh boy, I lost track how much time. We went back and forth a couple of times with the studio about design ideas. There were probably about three concepts before they settled on this one. The main idea was to include all the main characters; Blu, Jewel and the kids, plus add in as many others as I liked. Given the time constraints, I added just two more.
SD: Besides the sand, what other kinds of tools/materials do you use?
RC: This sculpture is just sand and water. A lot of tools that I do use are common construction tools. Kitchen instruments work great. My favorite one to use is a pastry knife, because it is stainless steel and flexible. It never rusts and can be cut down to the shape that I need.
SD: How many times did you have to watch Rio 2 to create your vision and stay true to the characters?
RC: I have three little girls. The way they watch movies is six times in a row. I have watched Rio 2 about four times straight through. It is a really fun movie. It has some adult elements that make it very relatable for parents. I also love the music in it. We love to sing and dance to the soundtrack.
SD: How did you become a professional sand sculpture and what if any educational background helps?
RC: I went to “school” in St. Martin which is a Dutch Island in the Caribbean. No school right, to the beach. I did my first sand sculpture there. I had been doing sculpturing in other mediums. I had no idea that sand could be done so well professionally. A year later, while traveling around the country I saw a sand sculpture in San Diego. I saw the crowd, the engagement with the artist, and this common material (sand) turned into something extraordinary. And I said, “That’s it, that’s what I want to do.” I instantly fell in love and that was 17 years ago.
SD: What has been the coolest and most difficult sand sculpture to date you have created?
RC: My favorite is “Home Is Where the Heart Is.” It was a six foot tall anatomical human heart. I sliced it open and on the inside of the four chambers I made a forced prospective house. It had staircases, faucets, paintings on the wall, and flower pots. It was the whole deal. It was really a beautiful piece and really resonated conceptually, artistically, and aesthetically.
Fly into stores and get your copy of RIO 2 now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD™.