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Carefree featuring first installation from new artist-in-residence


Tara Alatorre

CAREFREE – The Town of Carefree featured its first art installation from its new artist-in-residence, Ray Villafane, displaying large sand sculptures in the Carefree Desert Gardens earlier last week, with a larger display that will start this May, which will last through the summer.

Villafane, who is a world-renowned sculptor especially known for his elaborate pumpkin carvings, recently relocated to Carefree after he entered into a partnership with the town and it was unanimously agreed to pay him for several sculpture displays through 2017. Visitors can expect larger-than-life sand sculptures, expected to bringing national attention to the small desert town. 

“I love Carefree and its beautiful Desert Garden, it’s a playground and inspiration for me,” Villafane said about his new partnership with the town.

The first sculpture Villafane installed last week used around 15-tons of washed river silt, which is a super fine material that allows for great detailing for sculptures. The next sand sculpture will be made from 20-tons of washed river silt, and will display on May 15, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion through August, with free admission.

This was following the overwhelming success of Carefree’s partnership with Villafane in creating an “Enchanted Pumpkin Garden” display this past October that attracted people from across the country and gained national press.

Villafane is has also taken up rock balancing, which is also on display in Carefree in the Desert Gardens.

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