Extreme Sand Sculpting!

 The Sultans of Sand

You saw that perfect sandcastle in your dream - it was reaching to heavens, rising from the surf's mist. It was magnificent and yet so eminently perishable. Welcome the Sultans (and wizards) of sand art to make all that a reality - and more, with incredible detail, creativity and imagination.

(Melbourne, Australia - love these skyscrapers in the background - perhaps also "sand castles" of some sort...)

There are many fantastic sand art showcases / competitions around the world: held in China, Spain, Brazil, Canada (the ultimate "Tournament of Champions" in Harrison Hot Springs, British Colombia), Florida, Oregon, Texas, Virginia... featuring such undisputed masters like Amazin Walter, Rich Varano (The Sultan of Sand), William Lloyd, Carl Jarra and Suzzane Altamare compete alongside artists from all over the world.

Perhaps the most sophisticated fairy tale sculpture in recent memory

Too bad they are made out of sand, and so will be impossible to preserve, other than in pictures. The traditional fantasy themes - sand castles, dragons, maidens and other fairy tale details - are brought to life so lovingly and with such abundance of detail that it simply transcends the genre:

This is how it's done... slowly and with feeling (imagine sculpting every single scale on that dragon) -

William Lloyd works on the baby dragon

"The Princess Power" by Rich Varano:

Get eaten up by the dragon:

Psychedelic Swirls:

(sculpture by Carl Jara and Suzzane Altamare)

Time Mirror: on the left is "looking into the past", on the right - "looking into the future"-

A life of the mundane, rendered in sand

Bedroom Scene (a little abrasive relationship... ok, I will stop my puns here)

Get yourself a couch to sleep on in the worst case -

A perfect family to inhabit all this sand real estate -

Sand people need to go to the sand outhouses to do their sand business... "Occupied!" -

I hope this sand figure is not nude:

Nostalgia for winter... Blasphemy! -

If he tries to show accurate time, he'll be here sculpting all night:

Pushing the borders into surrealism

"The Church, The Steeple and all the People" by John Gowdy and Michael Velling:

This is perhaps a commentary on the urban sprawl:

The weirdness never ends... -

The images above & below are from the sand art shows in Japan, and in Durham, NC, USA.

Sand sculptures in Lommel, Belgium:

Something gruesome happened here:

"The End of the Knight" tells an equally sad story:

Horror is a common theme (work of Dan Doubleday and Meredith Corson) -

The Squids! The Squids! Give us the squids -

"The Arms Race" -

"Goaaaal!" by Gianni Schimarini - via:

Trust Chinese to make creepy sand sculptures for the sake of propaganda (more info) -

But this one is much better:

(sculpture by Edith Van de Watering "Nederland")

Who's worshiping what? -

Well, of course, the problem with even the mightiest of sand sculptures... there are going to be blown in the wind... smothered by waves... no trace will be left of them...

"The dust you are, to dust you will return!" -

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