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"Sand is a community thing,” said Peter Rememicky, an art teacher at Rush-Henrietta. “It pulls your art out into the community and people want to get involved with it."
It's no day at the beach, though it could be.
In the parking lot outside Rush-Henrietta High School, Reminicky, and a friend from California....
“I’m the Bear,” he said. "That's my sandcastle name"
... are teaching students a lesson through something most of us first did at the time we were in diapers.
"The trick of sand castles, the trick of any art is kind of mimicking reality by tricking the eye, because it is just sand,” he said.
The project is part of the school's homecoming.
"The beauty of this project is everybody's involved. All the kids are involved,” said Peter.
It's not just any sandcastle. This one includes a lion and a lighthouse. Equal parts of Rush-Henrietta symbolism. The life's lesson is in the attention to each and every element.
"Probably how much detail we're putting into it. It's so tall. I'm pretty short, so I'm not really sure I'd pay attention to anything up here, We're paying so much detail to every little part of it," said Danielle Colagio, a senior.
"These parents, this is their most valuable thing is these kids, and they're trusting us to teach them and get them to where they need to be. And we take that very seriously,” Peter said.
High school may seem like it lasts forever. Like sands through an hourglass, it'll soon be gone. So too, will the sandcastle.
In a way, that's the whole point.
"What I like about sandcastles is, it's always temporary. It will never be in a museum. It will never last hundreds of years. It's something that's very Zen. You see it, you appreciate it, and the next couple of days it's gone.”