'Sand tree', West Palm Beach: 600-ton Christmas tree under construction downtown

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - When it comes to Christmas trees, you've got your pines, your spruces and  your fir trees. But in West Palm Beach, there will soon be a tree made out of sand!

Sunday was Day 2 for construction of a 600-ton holiday "sand tree" at the foot of Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.

Measuring a staggering 35-feet tall, the giant holiday sand tree will feature real lights and a nightly light show set to music this week.

Organizers said they had to take short breaks Sunday because of the heavy rain, and high winds, but still plan to finish before the Thursday night deadline.

"They start these sculptures out of forms, and they then compact each layer of sand until it is stable to go on to the next level, and then they keep peeling them back until they start sculpting down," said Angel Poco with the city of West Palm Beach.

The tree will be lit during Clematis By Night on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and feature a free concert from national recording artist Randy Houser.

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