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Masters of the Sand

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“Sand artistry takes a long-handled shovel, a soft touch and skin that can stand up to the sun,” says Lucinda Wierenga (@sandyfeet). She would know: The Texas Instagrammer has spent the past 30 years making sandcastles for a living.

Lucinda is part of a community of artists who participate in master-level sand sculpting competitions. They travel to beaches across the United States—and sometimes, around the world—for multiday building events. Recently, Lucinda spent six weeks in Kuwait where she and 70 peers collaborated on a massive installation.

“A sand sculpture’s temporary nature is a large part of its charm,” she says, “and only world-class jerks kick down other people’s sandcastles.”