Tim Mercer June 18th, 2010

40 Unbelievable Sand Sculptures

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Tim Mercer

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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.

Tim Mercer

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.

30 comments

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

  1. 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 :)

    1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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