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Tuesday Jun 28, 2011

No building site safe from sandman

Sand sculptor Reon Zeff could hardly contain his excitement when he spotted a large pile of sand outside a house under construction in Table View.

Sculptor Reon Zeff poses with his latest creation.

After five hours of sculpting over two days, Zeff 's creation started to cause traffic disruptions along Humewood Drive in Sunningdale as motorists stopped for a chat or to take photographs.

Zeff became known as Cape Town's "Sandcastle Pimpernel" when he was unmasked in August 2004 as the man who sneaked on to building sites at night and transformed heaps of building sand into artworks.

Zeff 's sand sculpture display company, Earth Arts, does sand sculptures for companies at conventions and corporate parties.

He also teaches children how to sculpt with sand, visiting schools to pass on his knowledge.

Zeff said he had plans to "branch out" with some "exponential marketing" by targeting construction companies, offering to reshape mounds of building sand to attract attention.

"Building sand has much more clay (than beach sand) and it binds better, so it's easier to work with," he said.

Zeff, who lives in Table View, has been sculpting with sand for about 10 years. He said he saw the pile of sand and approached the home owner and the construction company, who happily agreed to let him build the sculpture.

He started sculpting on Saturday and continued yesterday, completing the intricate sandcastle in about five hours.

Yesterday, several motorists stopped to greet Zeff and take photos.

The sculpture was set to be demolished today.

"But perhaps they'll decide to keep it here just a little while longer," the artist said hopefully.

Cape Argus

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