Monday, September 30th, 2013

George Washington has returned to Morristown where he and the Continental Army made their winter encampment from December 1779 to June 1780.
Washington Returns to MorristownThis time, however, General Washington is in the form of a giant sand sculpture that is situated in Morris County’s Pocket Park at the corner of Washington Street and Schuyler Place, courtesy of the Morris County Freeholders.
Positioned next to Washington is Morris County’s largest football, also carved out of sand.  Both are the work of professional sand sculptor Andy Gertler, who sculpted the forms out of 12 tons of sand during the weekend of the Morristown Festival on the Green Sept. 27-29.
The idea for the sand sculptures came from the Morris County Tourism Bureau, which has been appointed “Huddle Zone Captain” for Morris County by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and is charged with creating excitement and awareness as well as to encouraging participation in Super Bowl events.
Leslie Bensley, executive director of the Tourism Bureau, said the agency wants all Morris County residents feel a part of the Super Bowl, which will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford in February.  Bensley said the game will drive tourism and economic benefits to the region.
The sand sculptures are scheduled to be on display in the Pocket Park for the next few weeks.