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July 13, 2006

Rich Varano: World Champion Grand Master
To date, he is one of only two people in the world to have ever officially received this award of distinction from the world championship sand sculpting organization
  Rich paired with Karen Fralich of Toronto to out perform 32 other masters working in a two-person team format. They were invited to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, from as far away as China, India, and Japan.The inaugural edition of this invitational event was only
open to masters who had previously won world championship medals over the last decade and a half. Varano had indeed won nine of them prior to this. It was ostensibly a battle between the best of the best. The first place medals were in addition to the lion's share of $7,000.00 in prize money. Plus, all expenses and an additional stipend for one week of diligent effort were paid to the artists by the event organizing committee.
This achievement is in addition and concurrent toVarano directing  another of the world's premier sand sculpting shows in Jesolo, Venice, Italy

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(below) Grand Master Rich Varano  July 05, 2006 w/championship medal.
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Rich & Karen in Italy.
World Champion Grand Master Rich Varano
Grand Master World Champions
 Karen Fralich & Rich Varano

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July 05, 2006
Rich Varano and his world renowned international award winning team in Jesolo, Venice, Italy, sculpting 2000 tons of sand into
 "VISIONS OF AFRICA"
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This sculpture of Tarzan is one of many, it is 30 feet tall (you can just see the top of the sculptors head at the lower left)

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Varano designed the overall show and worked with a local labor crew in this Adriatic coastal town preparing the "Pound-Ups" for ten days before his team of international sculptors arrived to help carve their original interpretations from the huge mass over the next ten days after that. It is for a public entertainment purpose in this beach town, where it will be on display for all of July. A donation of 10 % of all ticket sales goes to AMREF, a relief organization that is establishing water wells in northern Uganda.
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