Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sand Castles

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Last weekend marked the 30th Annual US Open Sandcastle Competition at Imperial Beach in San Diego. While I've always been impressed with those who can mold sand into a pretty design, these are far more than just that. These are brilliant works of art. Thinking of the competition lead me to an online search for some of the greatest sand sculptures ever made and these were a few of my favorites. It's fascinating that people put so much time and effort into them just to see them washed away a few short hours later. Maybe that's exactly why they're so intriguing.

45 comments:

annelise said...

The last one blows my mind. They all do, really, but especially that one.

Mandy said...

Absolutely amazing! Makes me want to build a sandcastle now.....;)

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

These are fantastic! I haven't played with sand since I was itty bitty ...

Gina said...

i don't understand how they do ths???

Cara said...

I am always amazed..

Gabriel said...

That is crazy! I couldn't even draw one of those on paper let alone build it out of sand.

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Oh wow, very impressive. That takes a lot of hard work

20 York Street said...

Whooa! The last two are pretty intricate!

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Wow!!! I've always gotten some emails with great sand sculptures in them. They are so amazing!!!!!!!!

Lisa Griffin said...

These are amazing, i love the first one
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Marcie said...

These are amazing! I can't believe how creative people are. I feel the same way about intricate sidewalk chalk drawings. The first one is my favorite and looks like it is made out of stone.

xo M

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

Okay I can't even make a sandcastle using the molded buckets.

These are lovely.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Those are SAD CASTLES? Ohmigosh they are like works of art - I thoguht they were statues!! :P

Cafe Fashionista said...

Wow! Sorry for the amount of errors in that comment. *SAND and *THOUGHT. :P

Marie said...

I have no words for the last one... wow, amazing.:D

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Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

This would be so amazing to see!!! Can you imagine having that kind of talent?? Maybe I am just so impressed because I have no sand nearby... but still, those are incredible!

Katie said...

How amazing!

Lindsay said...

How amazing! What talent and TIME go into these!

MyLittlePhotographs said...

wow! These are crazy. Really amazing

Torrie said...

What an amazing form of art.
when you're looking at these images, you forget that the medium used is sand! I get lost in the amazing detail.

Jenster said...

they are amazing!!

Anna Walker said...

Amazing! I can't believe people are talented enough to make sandcastles like those! I am jealous!

Annie said...

Incredible! I love the last one most.

p.s. You have to try that cherry peel if you like cherries - you will be in heaven! :)

this free bird said...

Val these are so awesome. When I first clicked on I was thinking "Good God is this what they did this weekend?!?! I accomplish nothing!!" hahahaha

Seriously though the hours that go into this must be something else and they are just impeccably done. If I tried this it would basically be a blob. With food coloring. ha!

And ps - on the shoes??? Sucktastic!! That's not right!!! Let's start a small shoe riot...

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Carrie
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jayme said...

whoa, those things are seriously wild! ...so i am starting to do hot yoga, or bikram yoga for the pros... but i thought you may have some advice or something for me since you're amazing! i'm really excited but secretly a little nervous. i bought 10 sessions so hopefully i'll really learn to love it! anyways, just thought you'd be interested. ha, hope you're havin a great day!

Alicia said...

wow, i'm sooo impressed!! these would be awesome to see in person! sounds like such a fun competition!

Catita said...

oh my god, is that even possible! I am amazed at people's creativity and skills!!! And that last one, the castle, is simply crazy!!!
And by the way the lady through the fence on my post of yesterday is no other than Olivia Palermo on her later Asos photo shoot! Gorgeous isn't she!?

Nicole Marie said...

oh i saw some of these online!!! so so so cool!

style'n said...

Wow these are amazing. How much time must go into making these...and then like you said they are washed away just hours later.
naina

Jamie said...

Wow this is some serious talent!! How cool!! I never heard of this competition! I would've loved to see it!

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PS. Yes the shoe hunt continues...have NO IDEA what I'm gonna get! :)

Sweet Southern Prep said...

I still don't understand them....they're amazing and so impressive, but why would you put so much work into something that seriously goes away so fast?

Guess you have to really enjoy creating it! :)

Taj Acosta said...

Wow soo cool!

Join the Gossip said...

Those are crazy =O So cool! It'd be fun to take a trip to SD to see these beauties being made =)

Lynzy said...

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Leia said...

These are unbelievable! Unreal!! So beautiful but I think my heart would break when the water washed them all away.

Leia

Indie.Tea said...

Those are amazing...

Jess said...

This is amazing! We used to have a park by our house that had a competition like this, and my mom and I would always go. It's unbelievable that people can actually do this - the structures are so life-like, aren't they?!

She Wore It Well said...

Those are all fantastic. There's always brilliant sand castles in Byron Bay, where I like to holiday.

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Krystal said...

that first one made me laugh, it's so cute!!

Erica said...

These are all so amazing!!

Josie said...

These sand castles are absolutely amazing! I wish I had this kind of talent... So gorgeous.
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Nubiasnonsense said...

Wow these are amazing photos. I love the animals

Elle said...

These are absolutely incredible! I can't imagine how much effort went into creating these masterpieces!

Nicole Leigh said...

thats amazing!

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Whoa - those are just mindblowing. And I'm so impressed with people who are so talented, yet willing to devote their time and talent towards creating such beautiful art that is destined not to last.