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Spectacular Sand Drawings by Tony Plant

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These guerrilla beach installations go bye-bye with the rising tide

Since we spotted them on Faith Is Torment last weekend, Tony Plant's awesome ephemeral sand drawings have been popping up all over the 'net. No matter, they're a worth a triple look. Described by Surfer's Path as "[an] environmental artist, photographer and surf creature whose imagination stretches to the far and hidden corners of the coastline," Plant creates massive, swirling installations......read more

The Sea and Cake, "On and On"

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Get hypnotized to this simple, elegant sand animation by Naomi Nagata

Remember in the late nineties when the music press labeled the Sea and Cake and their genre-twisting, jazz-influenced brethren as "post-rock"? Worst name ever. Anyway, the rhythmic Chicago act dropped their tenth LP, Runner, a couple months ago, and now we have a lovely animated clip for album highlight "On and On." Like the song itself, Naomi Nagata's elegant stop motion video is a......read more

Chad Wright: Master Plan

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A sandcastle suburbia conveys the erosion of the American Dream

One of the defining features of American cities is suburban tract housing, the nearly identical lines of detached homes built after World War II. Among the first modern subdivisions is Levittown, on New York's Long Island, a model post-war development consisting built for war veterans and their families. The development was such a success that builders across the country copied the techniques,......read more

Sand Creatures by Claire Droppert

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High-speed images of sand suspended in mid-air

It's always amazing when an artist can portray something banal in a fascinating new light. Claire Droppert does just that with these captivating images of sand thrown through the air. For the series, called Sand Creatures, the Rotterdam-based photographer captured chunks of sand suspended in mid-air, snapping super detailed photos in which the sand piles appear almost as clouds. The images are......read more

Playa Paintings by Andres Amador

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Sand art on San Francisco's Ocean Beach

Roaming around deep within the Internet, we recently stumbled upon these epic images of sand art by Andres Amador. Over the last several years, the San Francisco artist has carved over 100 graphic patterns in the sands of Ocean Beach, becoming somewhat of a local celeb in the process. The temporal land works disappear with the rising tide. Amador even proposed marriage via sand painting! She......read more

Sand Prints by Ahmad Nadalian

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Artist creates ephemeral environmental works using a primitive printing technique

Iranian environmental artist Ahmad Nadalian uses an ancient printing method to create fascinating ephemeral works on sand. To make the Sand Prints, Nadalian carves cylinder seals (in stone, glass, or clay) featuring his own designs--fish, snakes, crabs, flowers--then rolls the cylinders on beaches or in deserts, creating repeating patterns in the sand. The resulting pieces naturally blend into......read more

Marco Casagrande: Sandworm

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Land art meets architecture in this massive, organic beachfront installation

"Sandworm," a new environmental work from Finnish artist/architect Marco Casagrande, combines land art and architecture in all the best ways. Constructed entirely of sand and willow branches, the massive installation winds through the dunes of Belgium's Wenduine coastline like a friendlier version of the Tremors beast.  From ArchDaily: Casagrande worked hard with his team of young......read more

Drawings In Space

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From Janusz Grunspek

German artist, Janusz Grunspek celebrates the mundane and elevates the ordinary.  In the series, he's created scale replicas of everyday objects with little more than thin wooden dowels and a bit of glue. A MacBook, a candle chandelier and a room full of furniture are all formed from delicately cut and bent wooden pieces.  He calls this series "Zeichnungen im Raum" or Drawings in......read more

Say Goodbye to Food Waste

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Scientists want to turn your old sandwich into an indestructible wonder material

Suzanne Jacobs for Grist Hold on to your food scraps, people! Anaerobic digestion is very in right now, and you know what that means — your self-righteous compost bins might not be the only game in town anymore when it comes to reducing food waste. What’s anaerobic digestion, you ask? Simple — let a bunch of bacteria feast on your unwanted food (or any organic matter, really)......read more

Standing Bowl by Fort Standard

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American-made, sand cast aluminum bowl with architecturally inspired planar legs $84.00

We first became aware of Brooklyn-based design studio Fort Standard via their amazing geometric brass bottle openers. We checked back in recently to discover that the two-man operation has expanded its home product line to include these architecture-inspired standing bowls. Made of sand cast aluminum, the clean, understated bowls are elevated off the table surface by upright planar......read more

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