Umbrellas for Miles: Aerial Views of a Colorful Italian Beach Town

German photographer Bernhard Lang went on a pleasant holiday to the seaside resort town of Adria, Italy – a place that is absolutely covered with umbrellas. Located between the coastlines of Ravenna and Rimini on the Adriatic coast, each hotel has its own umbrella design, creating a sea of color that extends for miles. This inspired a photographic project for Lang, who decided that on his next trip he would arrange a plane and shoot the scene from the air. That happened last month, and the photos are fantastic. It almost seems like a beachside Candy Land of sorts.

Creating Sea-Inspired Sculptures from Beach Trash

What do you do with 11 tons of beach debris on the Pacific coast? You make it into art! Oregon based artist and teacher Angela Haseltine Pozzi created a project called “Washed Ashore” aimed at raising awareness about plastic pollution and marine debris. Pozzi, like other members of her community in Bandon, Oregon were continually shocked at the amount of trash that would wash up on their beautiful coastlines. Inspired to take steps toward solving the problem, she rallied together concerned citizens to not just clean up the beach trash, but to create from it.

Gravity Defying Sandcastles and the Debunked Meme They Inspired

When was the last time you saw a floating sandcastle? It’s one of those ideas that would easily find itself sculpted into a good fantasy story – but Massachusetts beachgoer Sandcastle Matt is making them a reality. He uses the time honored “drip method” of construction to form long arches, cantilevers and towers covered with tiny globular spires of sand. If you’re wondering about the structural strength of sand alone, you’re correct in thinking these can’t stand on their own – Matt uses found pieces of wood, vines and other seaside junk to form a framework that he builds upon.

Illusions in the Sand: 3D Beach Art from Jamie Harkins, Constanza Nightingale & David Rendu

Sometimes all you need to create magic are a few sticks, a bit of talent and a beach. Jamie Harkins, Constanza Nightingale and David Rendu, worked in New Zealand under the name ‘3DSD Art,’ making fantastic 3D illusions in the sand using simple tools and a lot of creativity. Their anamorphic drawings feature M.C. Escher like stairways, skate parks, ocean scenes and more – and they are only complete when someone poses on the beach to make the illusion real.

Recursive Sand Sculpture Goes On and On and On and…

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You may have never heard of the Droste effect, but you’ve seen it before in loads of artworks. The effect sees one image repeated, seemingly in infinite repetition, within the same image. What you probably haven’t seen is that effect realized in a sand sculpture. Carl Jara did just that with his sculpture “Infinity” at the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition in New Hampshire. In his sculpture we see a figure holding a smaller version of himself atop his palm, and a smaller version atop that figures palm, and on and on to infinity… well, not quite. What is probably the most surprising part of the sculpture is those massive fingers popping out of the beach, revealing the presence of an even larger figure below the sand.

We Love Friday!- Gorgeous Beaches Around the World

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Since the beginning of time, people have gathered on beaches. Whether to feel the sand between your toes, swim in the water, listen to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore, or to watch the magnificent sunset on the horizon, the beach is soothing to the soul. Many people work as hard as they can, saving up all of their vacation days for that tropical beach escape, but some prefer to be on permanent holiday by living in a beach town. Perhaps those who have to wait are able to appreciate the magnificence of a beach more, but since there are so many beautiful beaches around the world, it would be nearly impossible for beach lovers to see them all in one lifetime. To celebrate the beauty of where the water meets the land, we searched Instagram for a collection of beach pictures that will have you booking your next tropical vacation.

Not Your Average Sandcastles

We’ve never posted about sandcastles on Visual News… and for good reason. Sandcastle art is usually the type of thing which you find relegated to cheesy television show competitions… you know, the kind with the loud, in-your-face commentator, a heavy reliance on monster themes, and commercial breaks every other minute. But this… this is something completely different. Calvin Seibert’s “sandcastles” are really nothing of the sort, looking far more like modern, mid-century sculptures than a home for the Little Mermaid.

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Photographing Beaches From Far, Far Above

Everyone loves the beach, right? The hot summers summon inland dwellers to the ocean, where one can soak in the cool sea waters, lather up with their favorite lotion and look at the beautiful and not so beautiful individuals that wear little or no clothing.

Glowing Fish Made of Plastic Bottles

Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been taken over by two huge fish leaping from the sand and entertaining beach goers with their nightly illumination and unique construction. Each fish was built using hundreds of recycled plastic bottles to bring attention to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Rio+20.