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15 Wonderfully Geeky Sand Sculptures

The Fourth of July is a great day to head to the beach, even if it is a bit overcrowded. For those of us who can’t hit the surf, here’s the next best thing: geeky sand sculptures!

Alien vs. Bender would certainly be way more awesome than Alien vs. Predator was. This delightful creation by artist Carl Jara won first place at the 2010 Windermere Sand Sculpture Classic in Port Angeles, Washington.

Sand Artist Guy Oliver Deveau completed this piece, titled “I Am 8 Bit,” for the Parksville Canadian Open.

This sculpture of Mario in front of a Game Boy was spotted at the 2012 Sand Sculpture Festival at Weston-super-Mare, England. Image taken by James F. Clay.

Photographer Damian Gadal spotted this geeky gem at the 2009 Santa Barbara Sandcastle Festival.

Marvel and DC heroes came together in artist Sean Fitzpatrick’s design for the opening of the 2008 New England Sand Sculpting Festival. Photograph by Matt Chan.

Team Sandtastic also knows how to bring heroes to life in sand as they proved with this great design for the Surf Expo.

That same sand sculpting team was also responsible for this Colbert ’08 design.

Of course any list of geeky artworks has to include some kind of Star Wars creation and sand sculptures are no exception. That being said, there’s something seriously wrong when Yoda is sitting on Darth Vader’s lap and R2D2 is hanging out under his arm. Even so, the details on this 2006 piece by the Ziguara Brothers are seriously impressive.

For a more traditional Star Wars image, there’s always this amazingly realistic R2D2 & C3PO sculpture spotted at the Sand World Contest in Travemuende, Germany by photographer redronafets.

If you’re a geek that prefers fantasy over sci-fi, then you’ll probably enjoy this incredible Lord of the Rings sculpture at the Burgas Municipality Festival of Sand Sculptures in Bulgaria in 2011. Photography by Ali Eminov.

Ali Eminov also spotted this adorable Madagascar sculpture at the Burgas Festival. I don’t know about you guys, but I love the way the penguins look in the front of the group.

Don’t worry horror fans, there are sand sculptures out there for you too! Here’s one of Pinhead from Hellraiser that artist Helena Bangert created for the 2004 Sand Sculpting Festival in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

The problem with sand sculptures is that they are so fragile, so it must have been hard for the organizers of 2007’s Hiekkalinna Sandcastle Lappeenranta to keep people away from this E.T. sculpture that desperately looks like he needs a hug. Image by Flickr user Dotsi.

Like all artforms, one of the hardest things to do in sand sculpture is to accurately portray the faces of real people. That’s why this Monty Python sculpture spotted by James F. Clay at the 2012 Sand Sculpture Festival at Weston-super-Mare, England is just so darn amazing.

In 2009, artist Jamie Wardley created this delightful depiction of Darwin in Bradford, England in honor of the scientist’s 200th birthday celebration and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. Photo by Peter Hughes.
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I tried to credit both the photographers and sand sculpture artists here, but sometimes the information was limited. If any of you have any extra knowledge about one of these, please share it in the comments and I’ll update the article accordingly. Thanks guys!

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