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Wednesday, January 09, 2008
LIMITED USE OF PHOTOS FOR PERSONAL OR MINISTRY PERMITTED
Artist Randy Hofman aspires to a loftier calling. By shaping the sand, he hopes he’ll help shape souls. Millions of Ocean City vacationers know his work because they’ve stopped to marvel at the Biblical scenes – the Last Supper, Noah and the Ark, the Crucifixion, David and Goliath – that he creates from sand just off the Boardwalk at Second Street.
Hofman, who lives in Ocean Pines, carves beneath his sculptures simple messages like “God loves us all,” “With God, all things are possible,” “All are welcome” and “Thank you, Jesus.” He places placards with quotes from scripture in front of the sculptures and leaves matchbook-sized booklets with excerpts from the Bible and a jar for donations.
But he never foists the message on anyone. “The Holy Spirit is a gentleman,” says Hofman, who also does oil paintings he sells. “God knows when we’re ready to receive the word. Maybe it’s this year; maybe it’s next year.”
He loves watching the children when they encounter his sculptures and the messages. “One of the big kicks for me is when I see a parent and a young child, and the kid is saying, ‘Dad, what does that mean?’ And the kid is trying to prod him and get it out. The parents explain to the kids just what these simple messages mean.”
Hofman says a judo class he once took serves him well because it taught him much about balance. “Doing this is really a poetic dance,” he says. “I jump around and climb around these sand sculptures when I’m making them and end up in the oddest positions. I find I sometimes have to do a hop and a twist and a twirl to keep from squashing something, so I have to know how to keep my balance.”
The following sand sculpture is NOT a part of the above artist's work. It is a separate construction by a different artist. I do not particularly like the subject matter of this sculpture but admire the artistic talent displayed. The work is very good.