World Renowned Pumpkin Carver Is Just As Talented At Sand Sculptures

Previously featured for the world’s largest pumpkin carving, Ray Villafane has sculpting talents in more than just the gourd field. Using wet, compressed sand, Villafane chips away to create larger than life characters and scenes. Although his first attempt at sand sculpting was only seven years ago (last featured image) it looked like he had been doing this for centuries. His second sand sculpture was the Dante’s Inferno piece and it came in the form of a 10 day challenge, but of course he delivered results that inspired awe in Jesolo, Italy.

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140 Year-Old Bottled Sand Art, Held Together With No Glue

Just the mention of “sand bottle art” conjures up images of school projects with florescent dyed sand and invariably abstract designs… but these bottles by Andrew Clemens (1857-1894) are different. He is credited as the inventor of this rare art form and perhaps took it as far as is possible. He was known at “the portrait painter without a brush or paint.”

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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.

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Sand Creatures: Claire Droppert Captures Clouds of Sand in Mid-Flight

Throwing sand at the beach used to be one of those things frowned upon – the kind of activity that will get sand in the eyes of people far downwind – but no longer. Rotterdam-based photographer Claire Droppert has just announced her most recent series ‘Sand Creatures’ which brings an enlightening new context to something so normal.

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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.

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Visual Bits #212> Life’s A Beach



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Storytelling with Sand

With only a few handfuls of smooth volcanic sand, a ligthbox, and a projector, Kseniya Simonova moves audiences with her sand art performance. The fluid gestures of her arms tossing and wiping the sand, all in sync with the accompanying music, brings her stories to life. Simonova’s face remains expressionless during her shows, letting her movement and sand reveal her true emotions.

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