Bruce Phillips And Jihoon Choi


Bruce Phillips

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Current home base: Carlsbad, California


If you haven’t met sand sculptor Bruce Phillips, it is definitely time to meet this artist. Bruce first started in the sand sculpting business over 25 years ago by shoveling sand for one of the grandfathers of sand sculptor Gerry Kirk, founder of the World Sand Sculpting Academy. After a while of shoveling and watching the process, he started to do some simple architectural sculpting and then progressed to more elaborate sculpting. He is known throughout the world from Tokyo to Amsterdam. As a professional sand sculptor, he creates amazing works of art at festivals and competitions and does corporate and private events as well. In addition to sand, Bruce also works with other mediums such as poly foam or Styrofoam. Bruce is an artist at heart and he loves all things beach and sand!



Jihoon Choi

Birthplace and current Home Base: South Korea

Jihoon Choi graduated from the University of Taijeon with an environment sculpture degree. He enjoys teaching children the art of sand sculpting at institutes. Jihoon Choi has managed many Korean sand sculpting festivals such as The Sand Festival in Taijeon City (2005), Beach Festival in Incheon City (2006), and The Korea Busan City Sand Festival (2009, 2011- 2016). He has sculpted in many countries including Germany, Kuwait, Canada, and the U.S. In 2016, Jihoon Choi won 3rd prize in Virginia at the U.S. Sand Sculpture Competition.

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