World’s Best Sand Sculptures 2011

What do the best sand sculptures in the world look like? Canadian Damon Langlois just won the title, best sculpture for a solo, at the World Championship of Sand Sculpting on Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Out of 24 international sculptures, his magnificent carving, called “Fallen Empire,” was chosen as the best of the bunch.

“This is unbelievable,” Langlois said afterwards. “You just come out, put your heart into the piece and do the best piece you can do. You don’t know how the judging will turn out.”

His inspiration? “Tyranny always falls, whether it is Iran or the banking system,” he said. “Most tyrannical empires will fall. That is the message with my piece.”

Rough Sketch for Solo Piece

Other Winners:

Second Place (Solo): Brad Goll (“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”)

Third Place (Solo): Carl Jara (“Stretched Too Thin”)

First Place (Doubles): Karen Jean Fralich and Dan Belcher (“Nightmares”)

Second Place (Doubles): Rusty Croft and Chris Guinto (“Something Fishy”)

Third Place (Doubles): Brad Goll and John Gowdy (“Back to School Nightmare")

All of the sculptures remain on display through Sunday, November 27.

via [Cape Coral Daily Breeze] and [World Championship of Sand Sculpting Facebook]

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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