Standing on the beach at Twin Points Park, Hugh Peiser and a bunch of kids stand and stare.
Their attention is drawn to sculptor Joaquin Cortez’s huge sand castle of the historic Tarrant County Courthouse.
“We were working on our own sand castle but then we saw this,” said Peiser, a Fort Worth schoolteacher. “I like it. It’s cool.”
Cortez, a Stephenville resident, has been making his own creations with sand for the past three years. Earlier this month, he created a Jaws on Water sculpture at Lake Travis and last year he created a memorial in Mansfield to honor the five Dallas law enforcement officers killed in the July 7, 2016, attack.
His giant sand castle at Eagle Mountain Lake will also include some nods to other Tarrant County landmarks.
Cortez said he’ll keep working on it until Saturday when a Sand Sculptors Extravaganza will be held at Twin Points.
“I’m trying to do the skyline and then maybe some of the icons like Airfield Falls, the Zoo, the Stockyards,” Cortez said.
The sand sculpture contest — and Cortez’s artwork — are designed to lure visitors to Twin Points Park, which is in its second full season since the popular swimming hole was revamped by the Tarrant Regional Water District.
For Peiser, who lives in New Fairview in Wise County, the beach is a blessing.
“It’s great ’cause we don’t have a beach anywhere close,” Peiser said. “It’s a lot closer and a whole lot cheaper than driving to the coast.”
If you go
Sand Sculpture Extravaganza: 10 a.m. Saturday. $20 to participate, which includes parking, starter kits and vouchers for food. Registration can be found on the Tarrant Regional Water District website , the TRWD Facebook page or at Twin Points Park. As of Wednesday, 10 of the 15 slots had been filled.