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12/17/2010 08:02 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Best Places To See Awesome Sand Sculptures (PHOTOS)

There is something so magical, so primordial about fashioning a shape from clay, from sand and water. We all did it as kids, either at after-school pottery class or during long summer days spent on the beach making sandcastles.

And some folks didn't stop. Here are the Huffington Post's picks of 19 places around the world where you can see the most incredible (or bizarre) sand sculptures, some at festivals and others permanent pieces, astonishing and delighting everyone who looks upon them. We'll add pictures of your favorite sand sculptures too!