Tag: sand

Nov 27, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Star Dunes of Algeria

Picture of the Day: The Star Dunes of Algeria

Photograph by NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team In some areas, winds tend to blow in roughly the same general direction all year. The Grand Erg Oriental, a sprawling sea of sand dunes in the Saharan Desert, is not one of them. The winds in northeastern Algeria tend to be complex and changing.…

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Oct 7, 2014

3D Sand Piano Beach Art by Jamie Harkins

3D Sand Piano Beach Art by Jamie Harkins

Sand artist Jamie Harkins (featured previously) is back with a new temporary artwork, a sand piano etched into the beach. The anamorphic land art plays with perspective, elongating lines and distorting the image so it appears 3-dimensional when viewed from a specific angle. For more, check out Jamie’s website and Facebook page. Artwork…

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Jun 23, 2014

These Were Handmade in the 1800s by Layering Sand. No Glue was Used

These Were Handmade in the 1800s by Layering Sand. No Glue was Used

Andrew Clemens (1857-1894) was an artist from Dubuque, Iowa but spent most of his life in nearby McGregor. At the age of five Clemens was stricken with encephalitis that left him completely deaf and nearly mute. At age 13 Clemens began experimenting with sand art, collecting multicolored sands from Iowa’s Pictured Rocks region. He…

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May 1, 2014

The Awesome 3D Beach Art of 3DSD

The Awesome 3D Beach Art of 3DSD

*Update* [Feb 12, 2015] The artworks below were a collaboration between Jamie Harkins, Constanza Nightingale and David Rendu, collectively known as 3DSD. Jamie Harkins is an artist and musician currently working out of his studio in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. While the NZ native is best known for his paintings of surrealist…

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Apr 17, 2014

This Futuristic Sandbox Lets You Build Erupting Volcanoes and Flowing Rivers

This Futuristic Sandbox Lets You Build Erupting Volcanoes and Flowing Rivers

Photograph by SandyStation Using a Microsoft Kinect 3D camera, a data projector and simulation and visualization software (for lava and water flow), researchers have developed a futuristic sandbox that lets you build erupting volcanoes and flowing rivers in an augmented reality environment. Researchers in the Czech Republic developed a version they call SandyStation, while…

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Mar 5, 2014

This Million Square Foot Artwork in the Sahara is Still Visible After 17 Years

This Million Square Foot Artwork in the Sahara is Still Visible After 17 Years

Desert Breath is a land art project created by the D.A.ST. Arteam. The team was founded in 1995 by Danae Stratou (installation artist), Alexandra Stratou (industrial designer & architect) and Stella Constantinides (architect) for the purpose of creating this specific project.

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Dec 12, 2013

Artist Uses Rake to Create Incredible Works of Art on the Beach

Artist Uses Rake to Create Incredible Works of Art on the Beach

Artist Andres Amador San Francisco native Andres Amador uses a simple rake to create artworks that can span over 100,000 sq. ft (9,290 sq m). His medium of choice? A sandy beach at low tide. This means Andres not only faces a time constraint to complete his work but an understanding that once the…

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