Beach sand art is serious business. Wait, don't laugh. It's serious enough to earn you the attention of sunbathing beauties, studly surfers, and people who give out awards, especially if you're Carl Jara. His epic sand sculpture, titled "Grain Damaged," won the gold medal and People'sChoice Award at the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition in NewHampshire this summer. The native of Cleveland — which is far from any beach we know of — used the Droste effect to create the incredible optical illusion of a man holding a man, within a man holding a man, etc. The sculpture is so effective, we're quite confident that M.C. Escher would be proud.
Jara is a one-of-a-kind artist. Watch the amazing time-lapse videoof him creating "Grain Damaged." It's a master class in sandsculpture.