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Sand sculptures always amaze me. The good ones, I mean. Mine never progressed much beyond noble walls that were crushed by high tide, but it's great to see that other people kept up with it and can get such amazing results from such a finicky material.

"Fairy tales and legends" is the theme of this year's World Sand Sculpture Festival now underway at the Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori prefecture. On display (until May 31) are 19 massive works crafted by world-class sculptors from ten nations. The artists used around 2,700 tons of sand and took about two weeks to complete their works.

World Sand Sculpture Festival

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Skye Moroney (author)2009-06-11

My gf and I went and saw this competition on its final day. They are amazing, each of the main sculptures where about 15 foot high. Very cool... just a lil bit to hard for me to try and make one though =(

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Vynash (author)2009-04-26

This is pretty sad that someone could make those..... Think about it, most people can't even build small sand castles!

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Derin (author)Vynash2009-04-30

I can build one,a solid one!

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jeff-o (author)2009-04-23

I bet none of the competitors wear contact lenses.

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Lithium Rain (author)2009-04-24

I once made a sea turtle sand sculpture - it really is hard!

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Plasmana (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-24

lol, that was suppose to be easy to make from what sand sculpture book says... :-)

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Lithium Rain (author)Plasmana2009-04-24

Haha - I guess everything's relative...

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Skyfinity (author)Rock Soldier2009-04-25

Fritz! (The family's pet squirrel)

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Kaiven (author)2009-04-25

Ummmm.... yeah. That would suck if it started to rain.

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Goodhart (author)2009-04-24

They really are quite amazing.....I would be afraid, though, if I could do anything like that, that I would want to make it out of concrete, so it wouldn't go away :-)

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Rock Soldier (author)Goodhart2009-04-24

Yeah, I don't see why people make stuff that will get destroyed by wind, or by high tide.

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lemonie (author)2009-04-24

I spent 10 mins looking for my pics only to remember they're hard-copy prints from film... L

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CarStalkerZ (author)2009-04-24

i saw some pretty amazing sand sculputeres at the flower show recentley near me... oh wait i have some video of it!!!

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jianqiang (author)2009-04-23

Heh, me and my brother tried to learn how to do sand sculptures like this. I'm pretty sure the right way to do is carve it. He read some books and we made like a tube made of canvas, then put sand it, poured water, mashed it down with one of those things you mash stuff with like a shovel but flat, it just fell apart. And we were the only ones on the beach with a regular shovel and the masher thing....

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