Villafane to craft second sculpture from Salt River sand

World-renowned American sculptor, Ray Villafane, will visit the town of Carefree a second time to design and sculpt a public art display made out of sand from the Salt River in Arizona.

“Elephant playing chess with a field mouse,” that gained enormous media exposure worldwide.   Contributed photo

World-renowned American sculptor Ray Villafane will visit the town of Carefree a second time to design and sculpt a public art display made out of sand from the Salt River in Arizona.

“I love Carefree and glad to be back again for a second year within the beautiful Desert Gardens, it’s a playground and inspiration and appreciate the town allowing me to be a part of it,” Villafane said in a news release.

He will be constructing an art display at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, where admission is free to guests.

Last year, Villafane made a 24-ton art piece sculpture titled, “Elephant playing chess with a field mouse,” that gained enormous media exposure worldwide.

This year, Villafane will not be producing his art alone. He has asked Pennsylvania native Tim Anderson to accompany him March 17-19 as a “professional stone balancer,” to help stack stones into beautiful art. 

During the construction of both pieces, audience members will be allowed to ask questions to Villafane and Anderson. The work will be displayed at the Carefree Desert Gardens where the sculpture will be on display until August, 

For more information visit Carefree.org or call 480-488-3686.

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