With a bucket and a shovel, anyone can build a sandcastle. But it takes talent and a whole lot of patience to craft a sand sculpture.
We found 10 beach creations that are artistic and awe-inspiring. And these impressive works of art are not just of royal subject matter. Traditional castle formations have been bucked in favor of sports, Hollywood, and music-themed structures. We can only dream of having this much talent.
Check out the sand sculptures we dug up:
Hockey fans will love this draft-inspired sculpture that appeared near the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. in honor of the 2013 NHL Draft Fan Fest and Memorabilia Show.
Couldn't find parking? This surf-themed sculpture built in Remini, Italy, blends quite well with its surroundings.
This abstract creation crafted on Revere Beach, Mass., looks like it would fit perfectly tucked away in a wing of a contemporary art gallery somewhere.
Even sand sculptures can't escape technology! Tweet a picture of this social media-inspired work and you'll get really meta.
The whole family is sure to love this sculpture which appeared at the 2006 Dunegrass Festival.
A pretty stellar reincarnation of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man," this one is definitely a work of art.
Monty Python fans will get a laugh from this "Flying Circus"-inspired sculpture.
You know what they say about big sand feet... big... shovels...?
If your first response isn't "aww," you have no soul.
There's something truly majestic about this sand sculpture inspired by the god of the sea.
Meanwhile, we'll be at the beach building these:
What cool sand sculptures have you come across in your beach travels?