SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) – Isaac Meek’s sweat flowed early Friday as he wrapped up his tribute to the lives lost in the Florida building collapse – a 10-foot-long sand sculpture of a heart that ‘he carved into the beach almost in the shadow of the tragedy.
Using only a rake and the tip of his handle, the 21-year-old Miami Gardens hotel worker spent about two hours working shirtless in the scorching Florida sun to create his sculpture, Extract sand, stack it and draw waves and roses on its 1 foot high berms.
He said his father suggested the project as a way to honor those who died in a building collapse last week. which left 20 dead and 128 missing and comfort their family members.
“I’ve always been able to inspire others with that one talent,” said Meek, who has been doing sand sculptures for three years. “I want to use my talent for good and make an impact on others. “
Meek made his sculpture far enough inland that it was safe from water, but maybe not from the tractors that clean and stir the sand every morning. He hopes the drivers will notice his work and leave him alone.
“I detailed it so that the tractors understand,” he said.
Meek hopes that if a family member of a victim finds out about his work, he will derive some peace from it.
“They’re still here,” Meek said, touching his chest to his heart. “Whoever you have lost, they are still watching you and are always with you.”