Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman withdrew from the Republican presidential race today but not before five artists from Team Sandtastic created this massive 525-ton sand sculpture of the GOP candidates at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Mount Rushmore-like artwork features Huntman's likeness alongside the faces of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Built from locally mined sand, the sculpture took six days to build (which included one rain out) and, impressively, stands 80 feet wide by 17 feet tall.
The massive sculpture can be found across the street from the convention center where tonight's debate will be held. When asked how long these sculptures usually stay up, Mark Mason from Team Sandtastic told us this, "Ones like this are made for a singular moment, today's debate. Client usually leave them up for 'as long as they look good' or until they don't want the liability of securing it from folks climbing on it. They can last for quite some time. In an indoor situation (like a shopping mall or convention center) indefinitely."
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