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Findlay celebrates Easter with unique sculpture

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

For the 14th year, Roger Powell and dozens of volunteers used over 300 tons of sand, hundreds of man hours, and a little artistic creativity to help spread the message of Easter in a non-traditional way.

It started in 1999, when Powell said he woke from a dream and had an idea for a holiday sand sculpture.

"It was one of those things that just overwhelms you," he said.

Every year since, Powell has created a different sculpture with help of over 120 volunteers, who pound and shape the sand into art. It has become an Easter tradition in Findlay.

This year's theme is water, along with the image of Jesus Christ on the cross.

The sculptors have drawn in visitors from northwest Ohio and beyond.

"We have people now coming in from all over," Powell said. "Chicago, we have a bus tour coming in. We have people coming in from Pittsburgh."

Powell said it is his way of ministering to people during Holy Week, and hopes the visitors will be moved by the display.

"It's not about the sand, and it's not about me," he said. "It's about Christ. And it's about this fellowshipping that you're seeing on the outside. It's all people coming together. And when you see these people, it doesn't make a difference of denominations, they're all here."

This year's sculpture will be on display for two weeks following Easter Sunday.

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