Making sandcastles takes a long time, and it is a difficult thing to do. Just making a simple sandcastle already requires patience, dedication, and hardwork. Calvin Seibert, however, decides to ramp up the difficulty by making not just sandcastles, but sand fortresses.
“In hindsight I see that much of what I made was more like sculpture. It really was all about the object and its resonant meanings rather than interiors and spatial flow,” he says.
After studying at the School of Visual Arts, the Colorado-born artist began sculpting modernist buildings featuring sharp angles, clean edges, and various geometric shapes that resemble brutalist architecture rather than something from a children’s story. “While not all of my structures have quite the rugged fortress-like presence of a Kenzo Tange or a Paul Rudolph building, it is something I aim for,” he writes. “Certainly I see my sandcastles in opposition to those frivolous turreted fantasies that Cinderella would feel at home in.”
How does he make these finely-detailed sand sculptures? Find out over at Colossal.
(Image Credit: Calvin Seibert/ Colossal)