Sand sculpting is a hobby people don’t hear about every day, but did you know there are numerous sand sculpting contests held each year in the U.S. and the rest of the world? There are! Skilled sand-sculptors are amazing for the detail, discipline and creativity they bring to their work, and many of them could give the historical sculptors like Donatello and Michelangelo a run for their money. Sand-sculpting is certainly an art form, and as you check out the following pictures, you’ll be amazed with the variety and creativity these sculptors bring to their work.

Water-Front Property

Whoever built this must have wanted a beachfront property, right by the yacht harbor. Such sandcastles should be featured as nearby attractions.

Sea Monster

This giant octopus looks as if it came straight from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Hopefully it didn’t scare the nearby kids too much – or adults, for that matter.

Ancient Temple

Archeologists likely stumbled across this temple-like sand castle and thought they had discovered some forgotten, ancient city. Upon closer inspection, they discovered it was just a sandcastle. The intricacy, though, likely rivals the architecture of Greek and Roman times.

Marriage Proposal

As far as marriage proposals go, this one ranks high. Building such a sandcastle certainly implies a sense of dedication and loyalty.

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