Jun 18 2010

40 Unbelievable Sand Sculptures

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We’ve all made our own sandcastles at the beach but they were nothing like the masterpieces some of the worlds best can produce. These masters of sand sculpt astounding works of art from nothing more than sand and water. Some of these sand sculptures can takes days to complete using tons of sand. Today we present 40 Unbelievable Sand Sculptures that will blow your mind. So put down your plastic bucket and shovel and check out the real deal.

40 Unbelievable Sand Sculptures

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Detailed Aztec pyramid.

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This huge triceratops is amazingly textured.

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Stunning sculpture depicting the Crusades.

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The elegant Cleopatra with two cheetahs.

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Commission for the Democratic debates featuring Obama’s likeness.

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Stunning sandcastle in epic proportions.

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Batman and Spiderman make an appearance at a surf expo.

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Tine Verheyden
Sculpture of a wizard.

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mermaid and dolphins playing.

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Sultan of sand
Awesome Jack and the Beanstalk sculpture.

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Ornate budha sculpture.

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Mary and Joseph looking for a room at the inn.

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This sculpture has a peaceful quality about it.

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Jacques Daigneault
A huge sandcastle.

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Ferencseitz
The lion and the mouse.

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Shamus O’Reily
Hades and his helpers.

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Stewie D
Jason and the Argonauts.

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Skeleton warriors.

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Taj Mahal in astounding detail.

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Large Buddha and skyline.

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Unique sculpture.

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Life-like hippo sand sculpture.

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Dan Belcher
The Presidential Seal.

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Beethoven in sand.

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Amazing Jack and the Beanstalk sculpture.

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An angel looks over Marry and Joseph seeking a room at the inn.

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This sculpture is full of expression.

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Egyptian sculpture on a large scale.

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Huge Little Mermaid sculpture.

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Pancinha
The Simpsons on their famous couch.

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This black and white really shows the great forms the artist rendered in sand.

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Very detailed sculpture of a man and a dragon.

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This sculpture is full of Egyptian symbols.

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Radovan Zivny
A very large Buddha made to look as if it were constructed out of bricks.

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Giant sculpture of Gulliver from Gulliver’s Travels.

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This photo gives you a real sense of the large size of this sculpture.

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This classic sculpture looks amazing in sand.

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Caesar’s head over Roman soldiers.

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Michaelangelo’s famous Creation of Adam in sand.

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Further Resources

CarverComunity is a great Flickr group full of sand sculpture pictures.

SandCastleCentral has lots of tips and techniques for sculpting sand.

CuttingEdgeSandCarving forums on all things sand carving.

About the Author

Tim Mercer is a photography enthusiast, graphic designer, artist and blogger. His blog offers free resources for the digital artist and graphic designer, as well as tutorials, artist interviews, inspiration and more.

Comments and Discussions
  • Jordan Walker, 18 June 2010

    Remarkable artwork.

    • Darlene Ladd, 21 June 2010

      The sheer beauty of everyone of these bought a tear to my eyes! Artist! Aren’t they amazing!?

  • NooN, 18 June 2010

    Amazing work ^^

  • Dylan Parry, 18 June 2010

    Lovely sculptures! One slight error though: one of the images has the caption “This sculpture is full of Egyptian symbols”, but judging on the step pyramid in the background I’d say it was Aztec not Egyptian :)

    • Dylan Parry, 18 June 2010

      Or possibly Incan… They are very similar tbh, I guess it depends on the symbolism in the foreground as to whether it’s Aztec or Incan. I’m far from an expert :s

      • elpinchecosty, 18 June 2010

        That’s right! Its Anahuak 100%!

  • Aaron, 18 June 2010

    Amazing! We have a sand sculpting festival here in November. Looking at these got me all jazzed up for it! Thanks!

  • Rick, 18 June 2010

    Wow! hard to believe those are all sand

  • Evan Skuthorpe, 18 June 2010

    These are great. Amazing stuff!

  • Amish, 18 June 2010

    Very nice. Thanks.

    As a sand sculptor myself, I would be very interested to see which of these were constructed with only water and sand.

    Some contests allow underlying structures, the use of hairspray to retain the intricate carving, etc. Also, the use of refined sand vs beach sand makes a big difference in what kind of detail can be maintained in the sun.

  • Bram, 18 June 2010

    Nice, I like sand sculptures!

  • memo, 18 June 2010

    So impressive sand sculptures!
    Wish I could see them myself.

  • Scott, 19 June 2010

    Should be made with something more long term than sand. Its crazy to think of all the work that goes into them for them to only exsist for a short time.

    • bill, 28 March 2011

      tahts the beauty of it.

  • Wayne Federline, 19 June 2010

    Well they got Myrtle Beach in their, I was expecting the one from Hard Rock Park though.

  • jerry garcia, 19 June 2010

    Unbelievable craftmanship!

  • Roseann Hanigan, 19 June 2010

    God gifted these people. They are so beautiful.Unbelievable. Keep up the fantastic work people.

  • martha, 19 June 2010

    these r really amazing

  • jamal, 19 June 2010

    Sand sculptures a wonderful and amazing Aip.

  • pawan bhatia, 19 June 2010

    they are so beautifully crafted art truly magnificient,i salute these artist,who make life so worthwhile

  • Nancy Mejia, 20 June 2010

    These are fantastic– I would have liked to know where they were made…

  • Ani, 20 June 2010

    Awesome display of creativity and skill. Loved it!

  • Cynthia Spence, 20 June 2010

    Those were great. I wish there was a place to forward this to others to see. Keep it up

  • Grace Mauer, 21 June 2010

    OH! What beauitful pieces of Art.

  • julio, 21 June 2010

    this is awesome =)

  • Sue, 21 June 2010

    Awesome work..love it. The one titled”This classic sculpture looks amazing in sand” Is actually, Moses.

    The Moses (c. 1513–1515) is a masterpiece of High Renaissance sculpture by the renowned artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. The sculpture was commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb. This famous work of art depicts the Biblical figure Moses with horns on his head, symbolic of wisdom and enlightenment.

  • deepak kaletha, 24 June 2010

    So impressive sand sculptures!

  • DSM Design, 25 June 2010

    Absolutely amazing, so beautiful and detailed, really can’t praise this work enough!

  • constance, 27 June 2010

    beautiful pics and sculptures! 235 union hill dr apt 17b
    forsyth ga 31029

  • frankricharrd, 07 July 2011

    very nice …. beautiful art works …

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