The Straits Times
Published on Sep 03, 2012

Giant Obama sand sculpture stands near convention


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) - A 7.5m sand sculpture of President Barack Obama brings some of the beach to the Democratic National Convention's host city. But landlocked Charlotte is nearly 320km from the ocean - and the sand is actually from a mine in South Carolina.

Perhaps the biggest hazards for the sculpture, though, are periodic rains coming through Charlotte that have required some quick repairs to ward off minor water damage.

Some have said the indentations from rain drops made him appear to have acne.

The visitors bureau for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, paid US$30,000 (S$37,416) to build the sculpture that sits a few blocks from the convention hall, said spokesman Nora Battle.