Sensational Sand Sculptures: From Creative Castles to Adorable Dragons [47 PICS]

August 4th, 2012 Permalink

When a person builds a castle, it’s a strong fortress meant to last hundreds of years. Yet some people build temporary, fragile castles of sand. In fact, most sandcastles are not castles at all but, amazing works of sand sculpture art. This is a mixture of nature, of art, of science. Physicists theorize that even more massive sand castles could be built underwater. While that would be cool, it would be much harder for the masses to enjoy the sandy works of art by masters of sand sculpting. We really liked these and imagined what it might be like to walk along the beach, enjoying nature, but taking in giant cultural pieces of sand art at the same time. While it’s still summer hot in the USA and some “kids” will soon start school, let’s globe hop and enjoy a summer day on the beach and these sensational sand sculptures. [47 Photos]

Dragon Dwellers - Amazin' Walter and William Lloyds entry in the Tournament of Sand Sculpting Champions at Harrison Hot Springs, British Colombia

Dragon Dwellers – Amazin’ Walter and William Lloyds entry in the Tournament of Sand Sculpting Champions at Harrison Hot Springs, British Colombia, Canada. Photo #1 by © Amazin Walter

The Mechanical Mind Sand Sculpture

The Mechanical Mind Sand Sculpture, from the International Sand Sculpture championships in Federal Way, Washington. Photo #2 by © Robert Bowman

Thoughts in Sand

Side view of “Thoughts in Sand.” Photo #3 by © Robert Bowman

Into the Past sand sculpture

“Into the Past” at Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia holds an annual World Championship Sand Sculpting Competition. Photo #4 by © Amazin Walter

Dragon Dwellers baby sand dragon sand sculpture World Championship Sand Sculpting Competition

The photographer wrote, “Dragon Dwellers by Amazin’ Walter and William LLoyd leads this set off.” Dragon Dwellers baby sand dragon at Harrison Hot Springs, World Championship Competition. Photo #5 by © Amazin Walter

Sand Fest, Port Aransas, Texas - Amazin' Walter and William Lloyd carved this sculpture titled 'House Broken'

Sand Fest, Port Aransas, Texas – Amazin’ Walter and William Lloyd carved this sculpture titled ‘House Broken’. It won 3rd Place and Peoples Choice at the Sand Fest. Photo #6 by © Amazin Walter

Monk... a light dawns - sand sculpture at sandfest competition at port aransas texas

Monk… a light dawns – sand sculpture by Amazin’ Walter and William Lloyd for the Sandfest Competition at Port Aransas, Texas. Photo #7 by © Amazin Walter

There Goes the Neighborhood 2nd Place at Texas Sand Fest 2011

There Goes the Neighborhood 2nd Place at Texas Sand Fest 2011 by the McDonalds, Amazin’ Walter and Christy. Photo #8 by © Amazin Walter

Buzzy the Clown Sand Sculpture

Buzzy the Clown Sand Sculpture. The photographer wrote, “Another of the Sand Sculptures from the International Championship held in October 2010 in Federal Way Washington. This is probably not the type of clown to hire for your child/grandchild’s birthday party!” Photo #9 by © Robert Bowman

Dinosaur sand sculptures at the Sand Sculpting Australia 'Dinostory' exhibit held at Frankston, Victoria, Australia

Dinosaur sand sculptures at the Sand Sculpting Australia ‘Dinostory’ exhibit held at Frankston, Victoria, Australia. Created by international teams: Peter Bignell (Tasmania, Australia) – Triceratops skull and logo; Martijn Rijerse (Netherlands) – Tyrannosaurus rex scene; Karen Fralich (Canada) – children playing in foreground; Jino van Bruissenen and Christina Mija (NSW, Australia) – background panel. Photo #10 by John O’Neill

Sometimes I Just Feel Like a Nut Sand sculpting

“Sometimes I Just Feel Like a Nut” 2nd Place by John Gowdy. Photo #11 by © Amazin Walter

3rd place World's Championship solo

3rd place World’s Championship solo by Carl Jara. Photo #12 by © Amazin Walter

2nd place Worlds Championship Solo

Some creative sand sculpture are a bit bizarre, 2nd place World’s Championship Solo by Brad Goll. Photo #13 by © Amazin Walter

Karl Herpel's Family of Sand Polar Bears

Some sand sculptures are sweet such as Karl Herpel’s Family of Sand Polar Bears. Photo #14 by © Amazin Walter

sand demon sculpture - Dante's Inferno

Some are scary such as this wicked sandy demon in Dante’s Inferno. Photo #15 by smo9monster at Skull Brain

Sand sculptures at 2011 World Championships

But they are all art. 2011 World Championships. Photo #16 by © Amazin Walter

Tangled - Sand sculptures in Xanten

Tangled, a geek’s nightmare. Sand sculptures in Xanten, Germany. Photo #17 by Frank Vincentz

peoples choice worlds championship solo sand sculpture award winner

Peoples Choice Worlds Championship Solo by Karen Fralich. Photo #18 by © Amazin Walter

Sand monkey sculptures in Blankenberge, Belgium

Sand monkey sculptures in Blankenberge, Belgium. Photo #19 by Karelj

Gulliver's Travels sand sculpture, 4th place SCD

Gulliver’s Travels, 4th place SCD by sandyfeet. Photo #20 by © Amazin Walter

Anatomy in sand a sand sculpture

Anatomy in sand. Photo #21 by RHaworth

Executioner Sand Sculputures during the Summerfestival in the Dutch village

Executioner Sand Sculputures during the Summerfestival in the Dutch village, Thorn. Photo #22 by Neozoon

Angel, Lamb & Lion sand sculpture

Angel, Lamb & Lion at World Championship Sand Sculpting Competition in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada. Photo #24 by Dan Huntington

Sand Creations - This was temptation. A devil on one side with Godiva chocolates under her cape and an angered angel on the other. Hampton Beach, NH

“Sand Creations – This was temptation. A devil on one side with Godiva chocolates under her cape and an angered angel on the other. Hampton Beach, NH.” Photo #25 by Lori Hurley

Puzzled sand sculpture

Puzzled sand sculpture. Photo #27 by © Robert Bowman

3 Headed Dragon Sand Sculpture

Three-headed dragon sand sculpture in Gijón strand, Asturias, Spain. The inscprition says: “17 hours – one person – 2000 litres water.” Photo #28 by GuidoB

Freud having sand session

Freud having sand session. Photo #29 by RHaworth

World Championships of Sand Sculpting Inner Self - Crack open your outer shell

World Championships of Sand Sculpting “Inner Self – Crack open your outer shell” by Carl Jara, 1st place solo. Photo #30 by © Amazin Walter

Angels and demons with a man at the Nepture Festival, Virginia Beach Sandsculpting Championship

Angels and demons with a man at the Nepture Festival, Virginia Beach Sandsculpting Championship. Photo #31 by Matt (orderlyschism)

Sandcastle Tournament Champs' 11

Sandcastle Tournament Champs’ 11. Photo #32 by © Amazin Walter

Sand sculpture Happy sand dragon

Happy sand dragon. Photo #33 by Jebulon

bear on a fish rug animal sand sculpture  sandpainting

Bear on a fish rug sandpainting. Photo #34 by Eduardo Cortes

bear and elephant sand art in berlin

Bear and elephant sand art in Berlin. Photo #35 by Immanuel Giel

'Discoveries' theme of the 7TH International Sand Sculpture Festival, the exploration of the ocean

‘Discoveries’ theme of the 7TH International Sand Sculpture Festival, the exploration of the ocean. Photo #37 by RHaworth

Lady Liberty sand sculpture

Michael Vellings demo sand sculpture Lady Liberty. Photo #38 by © Amazin Walter

Knight Tournament sand sculpture

Knight Tournament sand sculpture. Photo #39 by Neozoon

Angel of sand

Angel of sand. We decided to give angel sand sculptures a little extra attention after devoting an entire post to the sand-sculpted demons from Dante’s Hell. Photo #41 by Giorgio Minguzzi

Sand Sculpture Angel on a beach in Menorca

Angel on a beach in Menorca, Spain. Photo #42 by Wayne Large

Sand dragon - The Dragon Sleeps a Thousand Years

The Dragon Sleeps a Thousand Years. Photo #43 by © Amazin Walter

China.. creepy creatures sand sculpture by Amazin' Walter

China…Creepy Creatures by Amazin’ Walter. Photo #44 by © Amazin Walter

The King is on the Throne

The King is on the Throne. Photo #45 by © Amazin Walter

The theme of the Seventh International Sand Sculpture Festival was discoveries

The photographer wrote, “The theme of the Seventh International Sand Sculpture Festival was ‘discoveries’. I am not quite sure how they classified this dragon as a discovery. Note the knight beneath its claw and the sword cast aside.” Photo #46 by RHaworth

Castle Beach in Singapore

Castle Beach in Singapore. Photo #47 by William Cho


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