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South Carolina Republican Debate: 'Mount Myrtle' Sand Sculpture Greets Visitors

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In this photograph taken by AP Images for Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau onlookers watch Team Sandtastic of Sarasota, Fla makes final touches to the 2012 Republication Primary Debate ‘Mount Myrtle’ sand feature, located across the street from the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Hotel and Convention Center on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The 1,175,100 pound sand sculpture (525 tons) has taken five sand sculptors six days to complete and features three separate elemen | AP

Ahead of Monday night's Republican debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., attendees will be greeted by a 525-ton sand sculpture.

The sculpture is called 'Mount Myrtle' and has three different elements. One part features all Republican candidates. The only problem is that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is in the middle -- he dropped out of the race earlier Monday.

The other two parts of the sculpture commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and promote Myrtle Beach as a vacation destination.

The sculpture was designed by Team Sandtastic of Sarasota, Fla. Five sand sculptors took six days to complete the sculpture.

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