Sand sculp­ture thanks health-care he­roes

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An artist locked down by the coro­n­avirus cre­ated a wave of good­will in Ireland with an out­sized sand sculp­ture prais­ing the coun­try’s health-care he­roes. Sean Cor­co­ran carved out a “gi­ant Etch A Sketch” thank­ing med­i­cal work­ers on a de­serted beach near his home in Kil­mur­rin, County Water­ford, the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent re­ported. The 45-me­tre-wide “Thank You” was a trib­ute to all the doc­tors, nurses and hos­pi­tal staff “show­ing amaz­ing brav­ery at this dif­fi­cult time,” Cor­co­ran told the pa­per. The artist, who runs an art school and had spent two weeks in quar­an­tine af­ter re­turn­ing from a trip to the U.S., said the sculp­ture was painstak­ingly crafted at low tide be­fore be­ing washed away a few hours later. It fea­tured a Su­per­man-style ‘S’ sym­bol re­placed by a med­i­cal cross, and echoed the com­ments of Ir­ish Prime Min­is­ter Leo Varad­kar who said last month: “Not all su­per­heroes wear capes … some wear scrubs and gowns.” Cor­co­ran, who is lim­ited to a two-kilo­me­tre ra­dius of his home for brief ex­er­cise un­der Ireland’s lock­down rules, said the beach at Kil­mur­rin has in­spired his sand art since child­hood — and was a nat­u­ral choice for his unique mes­sage of grat­i­tude, de­spite its tem­po­rary na­ture.

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