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Sand

Sand Drawing Robot

Sand Drawing Robot

Ivan Miranda made a robot that can draw images on sand by etching one line at a time. It does take its time, and it would be nice if he could make it more portable and freewheeling, but it’s still a neat build. Skip to 1:40 to see the robot in action.

Making Sand and Gold Art

Making Sand and Gold Art

Artist Tim Bengel shows off the making of the first of his works from his upcoming Monuments exhibition – an incredible large-scale piece which appears out of nothing, after painstakingly dusting a sticky surface with black and white sand grains and gold leaf.

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Sisyphus Kinetic Art Table

Sisyphus Kinetic Art Table
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If you love artist Bruce Shapiro’s magnetic sand art, you’ll be glad to know that you can soon have one in your house as a table, and in a variety of wood veneer or hardwoods. It will have at least 25 built-in sand patterns that you can toggle via an app.

Dune Shredding

Dune Shredding

We’ve already seen skiing on sand dunes, so why shouldn’t sand snowboarding be a thing. Snowboarder Wojtek “Gniazdo” Pawlusiak took to the desert to shred some slopes with a little help from rally driver Kuba Przygoński and his Dakar-outfitted MINI. Photos by Marcin Kin.

Drone vs. Dune Buggies

Drone vs. Dune Buggies

Team BlackSheep headed to the desert of Dubai with its speedy TBS Vendetta drone to chase down a group of 1600hp Funco dune buggies as they tore up the sand. And no, that whine isn’t the sound of the buggies’ engines – it’s the drone’s rapidly spinning rotors.

Castles Etched on Grains of Sand

Castles Etched on Grains of Sand

“It’s so insignificant, yet so monumental.” Photographer Vik Muniz and designer Marcelo Coelho worked for four years trying to etch microscopic castles on individual grains of sand. More on Marcelo’s website.

Geometric Sand Sculptures 2

Geometric Sand Sculptures 2

Calvin Seibert recently shared some of the sandcastles he made on the beaches of Hawaii. As with his previous sandcastles, Calvin made structures that blur the line between organic and man-made.

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand
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Build sand castles without a beach using Kinetic Sand. It behaves like a more malleable version of putty. It’s made of ordinary sand with a little bit of silicone. It’s non-toxic and is easy to clean up. Seems mighty similar to SAND.

Weston Sand Sculpture Festival

Weston Sand Sculpture Festival

This year, the annual sand sculpture festival has gone with the theme “HOLLYWOOD,” filling the beaches of North Somerset England with incredible sculptures paying tribute to movie magic. Runs through 9/2013. Hi-res pics here.

Geometric Sand Sculptures

Geometric Sand Sculptures

Artist Calvin Seibert creates sandcastles with wondrously smooth surfaces, comprised of squares, spheres, cylinders and other shapes influenced by both traditional and modern architecture.

The Zen Table

The Zen Table

Household Zen Gardens might seem like a trendy relic of the 1990s, but Simon Hallam’s Zen Table is a 21st century revamp using robotics to carve images into the sand from below. Amazing stuff.

Sand Vibration Art

Sand Vibration Art

Watch as musician Kenichi Kanazawa turns vibrations on a table covered with colored sand into an interactive work of art as it hits its resonant frequency. See more patterns emerge here.

Uncharted 3 Sand Art

Uncharted 3 Sand Art

An engrossing performance featuring scenes from the Uncharted 3 trailer by sand artist Natalya Netselya. Her medium is a perfect fit for the Arabian setting of Nathan Drake’s latest adventure.

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Beach Boy RV Car

Beach Boy RV Car

Just in time for the post-blizzard: Gambo Design’s electric Beach Boy concept vehicle is designed for warm coastal regions; dropping the top transforms the car into a roomy deck. (Thanks Kevin!)

Sand Sculptures Around the World

Sand Sculptures Around the World

Here’s a look at some imaginative sand sculptures from around the world. Why is it that the ones we make with our plastic buckets and sticks at the beach never look like these when we are finished?

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