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Sand Celebration

Waterfront Plaza

Celebrate beach season at Brookfield Place with the tallest sand castle in New York City. The Sand Celebration begins on July 23 with world-renowned, professional sand sculptor Matt Long crafting a sandcastle that will “shore-ly” delight visitors of all ages. The live sculpting process will continue through July 26, with the completed sculpture on view from July 27 – August 14.

Pick up paper and crayons at the BFPL concierge, just inside at 230 Vesey Street, to draw the sandcastle! Tag your photos and drawings at @BFPLNY for the chance to be featured.


Matt Long is an original cast member of the Travel Channel show Sand Masters. The show has taken him around the world to locations from Phuket Thailand to Times Square. Matt is also the designer and manufacturer of Can You Dig It Sand Tools.  This multi-award-winning product used by many professional sand sculptors is the first set of tools designed, patented, and manufactured specifically for sculpting sand at the beach.

Matt has competed and placed in many Master Sand Sculpting contests, including four appearances in the World Championships of Sand Sculpting.  He holds a 2nd place medal for his part on Team USA in the 2010 event and a third place in the 2013 doubles division.  He gathered a People’s Choice Award at the World Cup of Sand Sculpting in 2014. TV appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live With Regis and Kelly, TV Land’s Best Night In, and LX New York.  His work and  his Can You Dig It Sand Tools have been featured in ‘O’ Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Hamptons, Redbook, MAD, Bride, Boys Life, Parents’ Magazine and countless others.

Matt Long


Attend an art installation or event presented by Brookfield Properties at each of the following three locations—Brookfield Place, Manhattan West, and Brooklyn Commons—and you’ll receive a gift! Send one email attaching a photo of each event attended to arts@brookfield.com for verification, and we’ll give you a fun treat.


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