New York-based artist, sculptor and aspiring architect Calvin Siebert likes nothing better than going to the beach and playing in the sand – so much so that for the last 30-odd years he’s been building sandcastles, and most recently he’s been gaining a lot of attention.
In the last few years, his designs have progressed from the usual turrets and moats, to something a little more well-defined, and they now have a distinctly modernist touch.
Using simple tools – some putty knives and a bucket – his creations take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, allowing for the waves, or people, or an occasional seagull with designs on destruction. Working mainly on the fly, the 54 year old Siebert usually has no definite plans, but just a general idea and then goes to work.
He says on his Flickr page:
Building “sandcastles” is a bit of a test. Nature will always be against you and time is always running out. Having to think fast and to bring it all together in the end is what I like about it.
I rarely start with a plan, just a vague notion of trying to do something different each time. Once I begin building and forms take shape I can start to see where things are going and either follow that road or attempt to contradict it with something unexpected.
In my mind they are always mash-ups of influences and ideas. I see a castle, a fishing village, a modernist sculpture, a stage set for the oscars all at once.
When they are successful they don’t feel contained or finished. They become organic machines that might grow and expand. I am always adding just one more bit and if time allowed I wouldn’t stop.
To see more of his amazing work, head to his Flickr page.
H/t to AmusingPlanet