LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A sand sculpture gives people heading to the Kroger in Middletown a dose of Derby fever.

A 20-ton pile of sand in the parking lot was turned into a work of art by international grandmaster sand sculptor Damon Farmer Thursday.

The sculpture is called "Railbirds". It depicts racing fans leaning over the railing and reacting to a race at Churchill Downs.

Farmer says he used something extra to help the art last as long as possible.

"I put a very thin layer of glue, Elmer's glue, bio-degradable, non-toxic on the surface. It gives a thin crust. It doesn't hold up, it's like paint on a car but it protects it from the rain a little bit and the rain we had yesterday. But so far. so good," Farmer said Thursday.

The artist started working on "Railbirds" on Tuesday.

Farmer says the sculpture should be completely finished by Friday.

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