New York Artist Takes Sandcastle-Building To The Next Level

DNU Sand Castles

Photo: Calvin Seibert / Flickr

New York City resident Calvin Seibert’s geometric sandcastles have exploded onto the internet, thanks to a Reddit post.Soon after, his pictures began popping up at The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and The Smithsonian Magazine online, among many others. Since then, Seibert says he has had over 160,000 page views in the past week alone on his Flickr album.

The sandcastle aficionado is an artist’s assistant interested in architecture, who only recently began taking pictures of his Jones Beach creations and posting them online. He says his influences include buildings by Aldo Rossi, Gottfried Bohm, and of course Frank Gehry.

“Seeing them all together has made me want to expand the variety of shapes and styles,” Seibert told Business Insider in an email. “The dream of course is to take a whole summer off and spend every day at the beach.”

Siebert takes a train and then a bus to Jones Beach, which only leaves him 10 hours to build his sandcastles.

For tools, he keeps it simple with only a small 50-cent plastic putty knife and a 5-gallon bucket for the initial pile.

Sometimes his sandcastles survive and he's able to elaborate on his original design. That was the case with this sandcastle, which Siebert grew into a mini town.

He uses mainly geometric patterns in his designs.

Siebert also enjoys repeating shapes on top of one another. Here he does it with circles.

And here with diagonal blocks.

This sandcastle looks like a geometric boat, or perhaps a sandcastle version of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.


One can see Siebert's architectural inspirations in the fluidity of the bridge connecting these two sand structures.

Octopus tentacles?

Seibert captured the waves overtaking his creation at the optimal moment.

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