Sand sculpture to remain through Presidential Primary

The "Welcome to Myrtle Beach" portion of the sand sculpture

The three sand sculptures across the street from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center will remain until after the Presidential Primary.

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce paid to have three sculptures built for Monday night's FoxNews/SCGOP Republican Presidential Debate. One features the faces of the candidates. Another honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because the debate was held on King's birthday. The third piece features Myrtle Beach.

"It's been a great hit. It's been on the New York Times, the BBC. It's seen worldwide," said Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Dean. "What better billboard for Myrtle Beach than 350 tons of sand."

Dean says they're looking for a creative way to demolish the sculpture.

He says it takes about a week to build and just a few hours to take down.

The Chamber bought the sand. One of the big challenges is moving it and storing it, since they'll be using it again for the next big sand sculpture.