15 Spectacular Sculptures in Sand
1. Lovers in Sand
This first sculpture hearkens back to Greek sculpture, showing a scene of two lovers in an embrace. Take your pick of who it depicts: Cupid and Psyche, Ares and Aphrodite, or Paris and Helen, this sculpture is timeless in how it depicts the passion of love.
2. Scuba Diving Photographer
This sculpture not only captures the detail of the diver’s scuba equipment, it also puts lots of detail into the camera. Say cheese as you walk by this sculpture, the picture he’s taking is yours!
3. Michael Jackson
Now the King of Pop has been immortalized in sand. Wiaczeslaw Borecki, a master sand artist from Russia, decided to make a likeness of Michael Jackson for a Belgian sand sculpture festival.
4. Yo, Ho! Yo, Ho! A Pirates Life for Me!
This sculpture depicts the life of a pirate at its finest: treasure, swords, and pulling one another’s pants down.
5. Circle of Life
Celebrating the circle of life, beginning with “potty training” and ending at a higher plane of existence in old age, this sculpture depicts how we change with age. Note how much more pensive the subject becomes as the sculpture progresses upward.
6. Tallest Sand Castle
Giving Disney’s castle a run for its money, this sand castle sculpted in Maine is the largest sand castle ever built (to date). It stands at 31 feet, 7 inches and is large enough to make you feel like Gulliver in Lilliput.
7. Jurassic Park
This shout out to Jurassic Park depicts a terrified passenger and a driver desperately trying to back his jeep out of the mud as two dinosaurs stare them down. We love the attention paid to the theme and the creativity used to develop it!
8. Dinosaur Boneyard
Depicting the decay of the dinosaurs, this sculpture degrades as you move away from the center: from live dinosaurs in the middle, it progresses to bones at the outer edges.
9. Pieces of Malaysia
This sculpture brings together different landmarks of Malaysia to make a wonderful cultural piece on the Asian country. It includes the Petronas Towers and a relaxing Buddha and what looks like a car driving between them.
10. Seven-Continent Sculpture
Depicting Big Ben aside the Colosseum, these structures represent Europe in the impressive “Seven-Continent” sculpture for which several artists sculpted landmark buildings from each continent.
11. World Sculpture
Depicting Buddha as the foundation of the world, surrounded by tree roots and flowing rivers, and with a building resting atop it all, alluding to our dependence on the foundations of religion and nature, this masterpiece was created by Sudarsan Pattnaik.
12. Obama Celebration
This piece by artist Sudarsan Pattnaik is the only one on our list to sport any color. It shows Obama with outstretched arms and promises of change, celebrating his victory over McCain for the Presidency. While the sculpture is aesthetically impressive, Obama’s politics have proven to be less so.
This sculpture by Ted Siebert called “Banana-Demonium” is less-serious than others on the list and shows several monkeys having a banana party on top of a banana truck. The minions were invited but couldn’t show up.
14. Sphynx Sculpture
This sculpture was made for a Dutch art festival and its size will more-than-impress you: it towers at over 39 feet tall! That’s a fitting tribute to Egypt’s rich history.
15. What Lies Beneath
We saved the best for last. This highly philosophical piece represents a monk buried in thought, and is layered in the middle with smaller versions of the monk. What impressed us most was the negative space between the statues, and that’s what we think that artist is getting at with this sculpture: What lies beneath is what is what lies without.