The Salina Journal Friday, January 31,1986 PageN4 Sand sculptor is successful ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) - Just water and sand, Norman Richard Kraus will tell you, just water and sand. He is a purist. But look at his replicas of European cathedrals with their finely etched rose windows and flying buttresses, at his glowering medieval fortresses, at the ancient temples he carves by the sea. Look, and know that the magic of Norman Richard Kraus is much, much more than just water and sand. It started one day in 1967 when Kraus surveyed the beach a few blocks from his home in northern San Diego County and mused, "Gee, I always wanted to build a sand castle." He had grown up with the beach as his backyard but, oddly, has no boyhood memories of ever plunking down in the damp sand just beyond the tide's reach to mold castles with pails and tin shovels. So Kraus, an architect who designs millionaires' estates for a living, made his debut as a master sand sculptor at age 30, calling in a tractor and an army of volunteers to help build a four-ton palace. At first, he "used to take someone young along with me and pretend to do it for them. Now I don't need to anymore." Now, at 48, "I do it for myself." His sand monuments today are commissioned for up to $25,000 by cities and shopping malls. He descends on his sites with bulldozers and irrigation pumps, plans and drawings from foreign ministries, photographs and aides de camp "to do the grunt work." His replica of Windsor Castle circa 1790 — "before they filled in the moats" — took 1,600 tons of sand and covered an area 60 feet by 140 feet on a ridge overlooking the ocean. A subtropical storm ravaged the castle on the fifth day. "The sky was fantastic," Kraus recalled. He photographed Windsor beneath the roiling clouds and keeps the haunting print on his dining room wall. Another time, he turned the French landmark of Mont-St-Michel into a sand tower 26 feet high. It took 50 people four days to build. More than 700 sand chimneys rose from the miniature village at the foot of the Benedictine abbey. By the end of the day, the sun had crumbled several hundred chim- Insurance — Insurance SAUNAI . WORKS! \405l Iron toe,* 827-7233 Agents: * •Dick Anderson •Allen McDonald •Lynn Nelson •Scott Norris • V. Murl Richmond •Dennis E. Poer,c.p.c.u. •Martha Robertson •I.E. Shottenkirk •Loran Slaughter •John L Wood Insurance — Insurance IS YOUR OVEN SELF CLEANING? All electric and gas self- cleaning oven ranges NOW ON SALE. With the exclusive No- Turn Speed Broil System. White Westinghouse NOW $ 3,588 109 N. 5th L & J APPLIANCE CENTER "We Service What We Sell" 823-2722 Norman Richard Kraus stands with big sand sculpture. neys, "just hitting them ping ping ping like BB guns," Kraus said. "That's the wonder of it, really," he said. "Whatever we do as man, nature starts to reclaim instantly. There is no known longevity to sand. You get wind erosion, the sun baking it, the water." The ephemeral nature of his medium guarantees that what Norman Richard Kraus creates will soon be destroyed. He calls it recycled art. "You chart the tide table, aim it at the sunset, and if you time it right, you can see the waves cause the demise of your work rather than some unwitting 6-year-old," he said. "All you can do is just take one good look at it and then you simply walkaway." It isn't painful, Kraus insists, knowing that his sand castles can never fulfill the ultimate goal of an artist — to endure. Indeed, it's the very idea that "nothing man makes is permanent" that inspires him to recapture a forgotten era by showing, for example, what a famous castle looked like centuries ago. His medieval city of Carcassonne hinted at jousting knights and swooning damsels, of fire-breathing dragons and sly court jesters. "I have a certain romance for things that no longer exist," Kraus said. He re-created Notre Dame as it appeared at the coronation of Napoleon, making the emperor a small sand figure in front of the Paris cathedral's soaring twin spires. Kraus rendered Bethlehem as the shepherds likely saw it that first Christmas Eve, using a canopy to protect the walled village for four weeks. He has also erected sand replicas of Chartres Cathedral and the Mayan temple of Tikal in Guatemala, the latter complete with a sand monk walking a jaguar along a ledge. Tiny sand figures mounted the steep steps Pharmacy & Your Health leading to the temple; a laser illuminated the center doorway. "One thing about sand castling is that you become a giant," Kraus said. "I can create in a half hour what took the masters years. You feel you have great strength — with the sweep of a trowel, you can make a plaza to hold 300 people.'' When a San Diego shopping mall commissioned a Kraus work last Christmas, Kraus trucked in tons of sand from a quarry and spent nights and nine weekends carving a graceful Madonna and child. When he went to dismantle the sculpture Jan. 2, a security guard told him several nuns and priests had (See Sand, Page N5) MOVING SALE In-Stock WALLPAPER (Main Floor) Vinyl FLOORING (In-Stock 6' & 12') Indoor/Outdoor CARPET (Green Only) Industrial ENAMEL (Gal. Only) Framed & Unfrsmed PRINTS FORMICA PAINT PANS PHOTO MURALS Odds & Ends CERAMIC TILE HUNTSINGER'S ,- c- -•>* from JIM'S PHARMACY We Deliver Jim Cram R Ph KEEP IN REFRIGERATOR Some of the medicines we take must be stored in a cold environment, such as the refrigerator, to prevent loss of potency The pharmacist will usually attach an auxiliary label to the product indicating that it should be kept in the refrigerator but not frozen The most commonly used medicines requiring home-refrigeration are the antibiotic liquids. 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