I run on the beach a lot (well on the running path by the beach, not in the sand), and every so often I see an amazing sand castle. Because it does not rain that often in the spring and summer in Santa Monica a well constructed sand sculpture can last for a few weeks even though it is outside. However, I have never seen anything as remarkable as these sand sculptures.
These are in a new exhibit at the brand new Sand Museum in Tottori Dunes, Japan. The theme is “Great Britain” in honor of the Olympics this summer, but the sculptures will be on display until next January. Apparently there is a bit of a tradition in the area to make large sand sculptures, but previously they were in temporary structures, this is a permanent museum.
Sand sculptures are so ephemeral – I imagine to work in such an unpredictable medium must take an incredibly patient disposition.
There is a wide variety of subject matter, from Shakespeare to London cabs to Queen Elizabeths both I & II to the Tower of London.
The detail and sheer size of these is astounding. All these images are in process photos – I can’t wait to see some of the finished products.
All images by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images from NY Daily News.