By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News
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Bradford, a Sequim artist and art therapist, spent much of December with volunteers building the snowman out of sand in a downtown parking lot between A1 Auto Parts and the Lucky Star Consignment Shop at 154 W. Washington St.
Her sculpture “Violet Picking Lavender,” created for the 2013 Sequim Lavender Weekend, was destroyed just days before the festival began.
Bradford has been a competitive sand sculptor for 35 years, claiming prizes in national and international festivals.
She left a letter to the vandals on a white board on the wreckage of her sculpture Monday morning. In it, she questioned their motives and invited them to join one of her art therapy classes.
“You are so tough,” she wrote. “It took you three minutes I’m guessing to destroy a 30-hour project which required a personal investment by a few of us. The time and money lost is nothing compared to your energy directed towards destruction rather than being the artist of your life.”
Bradford could not be reached for comment.
Sequim Police Chief Bill Dickinson said his officers had not fielded any report of the vandalism.
In September, Bradford rebuilt her destroyed lavender sculpture outside Adagio Bean & Leaf, 981 E. Washington St.
Bradford has a Tumblr website set up to display her sand art — www.sandart.tumblr.com — and is available for workshops or special projects by phoning 360-775-9463.
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at email@example.com.