His Sand Sculptures Are Freakishly Brilliant… How Is This Even Possible?

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Even if you've built some killer sandcastles in your day, odds are that you've never built - or even *seen* - anything like the sand sculptures of Carl Jara. Jara's work doesn't have turrets, mermaids, or fish, but it does depict otherworldly scenes (along with realistic recreations) that spark the imagination. The Cleveland-based sculptor and woodworker does that on purpose: His intention is to create things you would never normally see in a sandcastle competition. His work is definitely unusual, not to mention totally impressive. See what Jara does with sand, patience, and a ton of talent, below.
Carl Jara

Jara's sculptures are more about abstraction than creating things that reflect marine life.

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

He's earned nine World Championship metals for his sand sculptures, and it's not difficult to see why.

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

His work is incredibly unusual, and it's also a little subversive for your average sandcastle competition.

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

His work is so smooth and refined that you almost forget that what you're looking at is sand, instead of wood or marble.

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

Jara studied fine art in college, but soon realized that design was not his strong suit. Instead, he wanted to create with his hands, and sand is the perfect medium.

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

Carl Jara

The response to his work has been nothing but positive, and Jara has no plans to stop.

Carl Jara