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New York Artist Builds the Most Mind-Blowing Sandcastles

For over 30 years, artist Calvin Seibert has just been going with the flow when he builds awesome sandcastles.

While many artists take great care to preserve their work, New York-based Calvin Seibert isn’t really concerned about that.

You see, Seibert’s incredible works of art are built on beaches. That means his geometrically precise sandcastles only exist for a limited time.

The quiet artist comes up with beachside showstoppers.

In an Upworthy feature, Erin Canty relates:

“When Seibert moved to New York in 1979 to attend art school, he started making sandcastles on the beach.”

You've got to admire the precision of those details.

The artist would go to beaches in New York to do his thing each summer, which covers the months of June, July, and August.

Only one word comes to mind: "Wow!!!"

His favorite spots include Jones Beach on Long Island and Coney Island. He has also built his masterpieces in Hawaii. In any case, with the advent of social media, Seibert’s work has gotten more attention.

How can we compete with this?

Canty went on to explain that Seibert, who is now in his 50s, was able to spend considerable time on the beach because his schedule was flexible.

It's kind of sad that the tide will just take this down.

It takes Seibert around eight to 10 hours a day to build an elaborate sand structure. He would be on the beach four to five days per week for the duration of the summer.

We wish there's some way to make this last longer.

On his Flickr page, Seibert has a statement about his fascination with building mind-blowing sand structures. He said, “Building sandcastles is a bit of a test. Nature will always be against you and time is always running out. Having to think fast and to bring it all together in the end is what I like about it.”

It intimidates and inspires other sandcastle builders.

Meanwhile, Rebecca O’Connell of Mental Floss also quoted Seibert as saying, “A sandcastle is ephemeral. There is a thing on the horizon that’s going to destroy it. That’s what makes it powerful and interesting.”

We don't know whether to look at the ocean or this beauty.

Seibert’s creations look like something built by someone with a background in architecture. However, people are stunned when they find out that he has never has any blueprints for his works.

It's hard to say which one we like best.

Moreover, Seibert doesn’t use any fancy gadgets to build his masterpieces. His only tools are plastic putty knives and a bucket.

Each sandcastle is different.

People been in awe of Seibert’s works. They’ve called his sandcastles “glorious” and “whimsical.”

We hope someday Calvin Seibert gives lessons in sandcastle art.

That said, Seibert has truly earned the title, “Builder of Sandcastles.” Although we think that “King of Sandcastles” may be more appropriate.To view more of Seibert’s sandcastles and other works, follow him on Instagram at @calvinseibert.

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19 Amazing Optical Illusions That Will Rack Your Brain

#9 made me dizzy.

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The world is full of mind-boggling things that are quite difficult to explain. Sometimes, we see things and then realize in the end that what we're seeing isn't actually what we initially thought they were. Often, our eyes get deceived by stuff which ends up with our brains believing those things to be real.

This is how optical illusions work. These images trick the brain by creating a perception that does not actually match the real image. It makes clever use of colors, patterns, and depth to create stunning representations that will definitely leave anyone awestruck.

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30 Profound Artworks That Depict The Harsh Realities Of Modern Society

Belgium-based artist Brecht Vandenbroucke produces some very thought-provoking illustrations.

It’s always amazing how art manages to convey profound messages in very simple ways. When done right, an illustration can make its spectators ponder or even motivate them to action.

I guess we can say that about the work of Brecht Vandenbroucke, an artist from Belgium, who has been gaining a lot of attention online as of late. His pieces are almost always satirical and they depict the dark, gloomy reality of living in our modern society. They’re thought-provoking and haunting at the same time!

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Russian Photoshop Master Creates Incredibly Surreal Images That Will Blow Your Mind

Incredible imagination and photoshop skills!

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With the increasing number of photo editing applications in our smartphones and computers, surely, most of us have tried experimenting with photo editing at some point in our lives. We may have simply wanted to enhance photos that we took during a lovely holiday, erase some blemishes on that almost perfect selfie, add a filter to an otherwise boring photo, or just fool some of our friends into thinking that we went to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Now there is this one Russian guy who took photo editing to the next level, or to next higher level of that next level, if ever there is one.

Meet Max Asabin, a Russian digital artist who creates breathtaking images using layers of different photos that seemed to flawlessly meld together. How he comes up with such magical images sounds incredibly simple: trim the edges of the foreground photos, add highlights and shadows, and then adjust lighting and overall color to make the image look realistic. Easier said than done, right?...

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