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Recursive Sand Sculpture Goes On and On and On and…

Monday 08.19.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday!- Gorgeous Beaches Around the World

Friday 06.21.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more...]

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Not Your Average Sand Castles

Tuesday 11.27.2012 , Posted by

We’ve never posted about sand castles on Visual News… and for good reason. Sand castle 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 “sand castles” are really nothing of the sort, looking far more like modern, mid-century sculptures than a home for the Little Mermaid. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #292 > A View From Above

Tuesday 10.16.2012 , Posted by

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Photographing Beaches From Far, Far Above

Saturday 08.18.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more...]

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Glowing Fish Made of Plastic Bottles

Monday 07.09.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #212> Life’s A Beach

Friday 06.15.2012 , Posted by



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How Much Sunscreen Should You Be Wearing?

Monday 07.11.2011 , Posted by

David McCandless at Information Is Beautiful wanted to answer one simple summer question: just how much sunscreen should a “pale geek who burns” wear? As with many simple questions, the answer was quite complex, but thanks to David’s voracious apetite for information and his equally strong drive for making it readable, we bring you his clarifying “Sunscreen Smokescreen:” an in-depth look (without all the smokey, confusing hype) at how much sunscreen you should be smearing on this summer. Surfs up! [Read more...]

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