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Sand Sculpting Is A Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It)

These artists have made eye-popping sculptures using only sand and water.

Making a sand castle that actually looks like a castle and not a bunch of blobs is hard enough.

Now try to make a sculpture worthy of a museum.

Eleven master sand sculptors have gathered in San Diego this weekend for the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge, now in its fifth year.

It’s an event that requires grit, determination, an ample supply of water and more than 300 tons of sand.

The artist with the top piece walks (or surfs?) away with a $5,000 prize.

Sand sculpture by its very nature is ephemeral, but that isn’t stopping artists like Michela Ciappini from attempting to make a grand statement.

Her piece, “Surrender To Diversity,” depicts an angry crocodile with a smiling bunny in its jaw.

“They’re different but the same,” she told the San Diego Union Tribune. “I like the contrast of the aggressive crocodile and the joking rabbit. He could eat her but they are getting along,” said Ciappini, who is from Italy.

The sculptures are set to be bulldozed on Tuesday, but photos last forever (thank goodness).

  • Alpha Waves by Fergus Mulvany (Dublin, Ireland)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • Armadillo Lizard by Susanne Ruseler (Netherlands)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • I Want To Fly by Katsuhiko Chaen (Japan)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • Nostalgia by Ilya Filimontsev (Moscow, Russia)
    This piece was chosen No. 1 overall.
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
    This piece was chosen No. 1 overall.
  • Nostalgia (Side View)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • Out of Reach by Thomas Koet (Melbourne, Florida)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • Revealed by Melineige Beauregard (Montreal, Canada)
    This piece was the favorite of the participating sculptors.
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
    This piece was the favorite of the participating sculptors.
  • Rockin Bobbin by Kirk Rademaker (Stinson Beach, California)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • Surrender to Diversity by Michela Ciappini (Italy)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • The Man Who Wasn't There by Rusty Croft (Carmel, California)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • What is the Real Face by Agnese Rudzite-Kirillova (Latvia)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • Yell by Benjamin Probanza (Mexico City)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
  • Yell (Back View)
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
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