What's the secret behind this artist's quirky sandcastles?

Sandcastle Matt
© Sandcastle Matt

Building castles with sand on a sunny beach is a pleasurable activity of childhood, though there are some adults who happily take sand-craft to new artistic heights. A Massachusetts resident going by the name of Sandcastle Matt created these striking sandcastles using salvaged materials like plywood, vines and other detritus as supports.

© Sandcastle Matt
© Sandcastle Matt
© Sandcastle Matt

Using what is apparently called the drip method (where sand and water are mixed and dripped from a fist to create various forms), Sandcastle Matt plays with the possibilities to generate abstract outlines and incredibly skinny arches that seem to hold themselves up as if by magic (of course, those under-structures made of junk are a big help).

© Sandcastle Matt

Matt's sandcastles have even gone viral, with the images of one sandcastle being mistakenly identified as the result of lightning petrifying the sand (that's called fulgurite for the detail-oriented out there), which Scientific American recently debunked.

© Sandcastle Matt
© Sandcastle Matt

In any case, viral or not, Matt's sandcastles are organic and quirky, a pleasant surprise to stumble upon on a sun-drenched beach. To see more of Matt's sandcastle or his process, head on over to Flickr.

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