If you thought sculpting turrets and drawbridges was challenging, you will be amazed by Calvin Seibert's perfect geometric sandcastles. Appearing more like the work of M.C Escher than a medieval king, the sharp angles and swirling ramps look almost too exact to be made from crushed shell and water. Abstract and architectural, his ephemeral works show a mastery over a very difficult medium.
Influenced by Gottfried Bohm and and Aldo Rossi, Calvin Seibert transforms particles of sand into strikingly precise geometric shapes. Each sandcastle emerges from the rough surrounding terrain as a smooth, three-dimensional structure. Although they look amazingly solid, each is a wave away from total dissolution. Taking about a day to build each piece, Seibert uses whatever free time he can manage to add to his collection of photographs.
“I always have these ideas that I want to try but somehow in the attempt to get something done by the end of the day I turn towards my old standby solutions. I need to spend 6 weeks on the beach all at once. As it is I only get a day here and there and go whole years without building anything. If I could manage that I might get somewhere new.” he says.
To see more of his series of geometric gems, head over to the artist’s Flickr page.