Sand Art

Photo credit: Andres Amador

Breathtaking Sand Paintings Adorning the Beaches of California

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The beaches of Northern California are transformed into swirling artworks and stunning geometric designs after Andres Amador uses a rake and rope on them. The San Francisco-born artist’s organic “beach murals” take about two hours to create during low tide and can measure 90,000 square feet and beyond. “There is an esoteric fractal quality of being within the pattern that is being made — it feels to have relevance in other aspects of my life, of building a larger pattern from the inside, not fully knowing what is resulting,” writes Amador. While the artist connects with each sand painting during the process, he fully accepts when nature erases his masterpiece: “Ultimately, when it is finished, I let it go. For me the energy and draw is around the act of creation.” See more of Amador’s beautiful sandscapes, which we first spotted on Beautiful/Decay, below.
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Incredibly Intricate Modernist Sand Castles

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If you grew up near the beach — or just vacationed there as a kid — chances are you’ve made a sand castle. You may have even entered a sand castle-building contest. But we doubt you’ve seen anything like the work of Calvin Seibert, who shapes sand into impossibly sharp edges and smooth curves, creating geometric structures that both suggest modernist architecture and, in their surprising stairways, evoke the work of M.C. Escher. Click through for some of our favorite Seibert sand castles, which we discovered via Colossal, and visit the artist’s Flickr page to see more of his creations.
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Master Sand Sculptors Celebrate Great Britain in the Tottori Dunes

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In the fifth exhibition hosted by the Sand Museum, the first-ever of its kind, located in the Tottori Dunes of Japan, fourteen sand sculptors have created an homage to Great Britain in honor of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The exhibition, which we first heard about over at Design You Trust, will be open to the public from April 14 through January, 2013. The amazingly intricate sand sculptures represent things like Big Ben and Westminster, Shakespeare and Sir Isaac Newton, English pubs, London taxis, and, um, “absolute monarchy under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I.” Click through to see the sculptures in their final stages, and let us know if you’ll be checking out the exhibition in the comments!
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