Building sandcastles on the beach or even sand sculptures, has taken on a whole new meaning due to the creation of these stunning 3D sand designs in New Zealand.
Mount Maunganui, two and a half hours drive from Auckland, has lovely beaches worthy of visiting. It seems that they are also the place to design optical illusions on the sand, which the three artists who created them say respect the environment and leave no trace after high tide.
Artists Constanza Tagini Nightingale, Jamie Harkins and David Rendu (also known as 3DSD) have created amazing illusions in the sand by simply moving the sand around in their own talented way.
Other recent works include pictures of a high diving board, stairs which emerge from underground, boats sailing on the bay and a person being taken hostage inside a giant alien crab creeping along the sand!
The tricks these images do to your eyes when looking at them, makes you instantly think they are real enough to touch. The artists have helped to create this by strategically placing models onto their work to look as though they are participating within the pictures.
To see these works of art and more, please visit the 3DSD gallery.