Illusions in the Sand: 3D Beach Art from Jamie Harkins

Sometimes all you need to create magic are a few sticks, a bit of talent and a beach. When he’s not making music or painting, New Zealander Jamie Harkins is drawing fantastic 3D illusions in the sand with the help of his friends. Their anamorphic drawings feature M.C. Escher like stairways, skate parks, ocean scenes and more, and are only complete when someone poses on the beach to make the illusion real.

Recursive Sand Sculpture Goes On and On and On and…

Sand Sculpture 1

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.