And financial survival as beach artists who work nearly 24/7 during the tourist season in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
It's not big business but for the handful of sand sculptors from Mexico and Latin America and those who create what appear impossible free-standing stone sculptures, a product of intricate balance and vision, continue to wow tourists, most of them from the US and the various cruise ships that off-load them frequently.
They walk down the wide promenade along the sea, admiring the beach art and making contributions to the many tip boxes.
Jaime Adan, his partner Camila and their two-year-old son, Nilo, Jaime introduced me to one of his good friends there, whose studio of sand scuptures seemed to dazzle tourists.
The crew of three to four young men worked all day and most of the night.
Someone was always posted to guard the works and monitor the tip cans and from this, the crew survived allright in a small apartment close to the beach. Spartan but adequate.
What impressed me was the dedication and passion of these beach sculptors and the amount of hard work and skill as well as artist talent needed to create them.
Rock on and practice peace and love. See ArtTraveler videos on YouTube. Also check in on Dutch walkers Joost and Rob on Day 11 of their Via de la Plata pilgramage.
Stefan, the ArtTraveler(TM). All above images by Stefan van Drake.