Sand By the Ton Preps Underway

More than 300 tons of sand, eight swimming pools, two one-hundred-foot water slides, live music and thousands of beautiful people.

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Trucks worked to level a large open space outside of American Steel in Oakland that will be used for this year's Sand By the Ton party.
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Inside, sand sculptors Kirk Rademaker and Rusty Croft talked about their projects.
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Rusty Croft works on his Fertility Muse sand sculpture for Sand By The Ton 2010.
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The back of the muse's head has a fetus curled up, possibly inspired by Croft's own seven-month-old daughter.
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Kirk Rademaker, world traveling sand sculptor, works on this year's creation, at the same spot as last year's work.
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Susan Glover sprays down the dirt in the big open space to keep the dust down. "They needed help and I had a free day," she said.
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A refrigerator rolls past the Dustfish Bordello Stage, where sexy ladies will be dancing all night (and day).
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"I've got such as amazing team of people this year," organizer Dan Das Mann said of his crew of volunteers and 23 staff.
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Das Mann even has a personal assistant who stands guard outside of his office stopping all who try to get a minute of Dan's time.
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Dan Das Mann took the success from last year's Sand By the Ton and has built up on it, tripling the number of attendees that will be allowed in, adding many more live musical acts to the bill and a lot more big art, his specialty.
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On Das Mann's computer was a hint of where many of Saturday's attendees may be on New Year's Eve 2010...
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Art partners Karen Cusolito and Dan Das Mann chat about Burning Man early arrival passes for their crew who will be helping them bring another incredible project to the desert this year.
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A map of American Steel and surrounding areas show where the fun will be happening on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from noon to 2 a.m.
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Space Cowboys, Sympiosis and Opulent Temple will be bringing the beats, with tons of bands playing live to the folks.
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Das Mann shows where most of the 300 tons of sand will go. Can't wait to see it!
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