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A sand sculpture reflects on the end of summer

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  August 20, 2013 09:18 AM

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Labor Day is nigh, which means another sand sculpting season is nearly in the books. Earlier this summer I blogged about a minimalist sand installation called "Master Plan," which featured sandcastle-esque, suburban-style homes that got swept away in the tide.

On the more elaborate end of the sand sculpture spectrum is this production from Cleveland-based professional sand sculptor Carl Jara, called "Infinity." It's a recursive sculpture that depicts an older, monkish man in a pensive pose, with three fingers resting on his cheek. His other hand is upturned, and in its palm is a smaller version of the sculpture, which contains a yet smaller version of the sculpture. In a nice touch, Jara also sculpted three large fingers protruding from the beach, suggesting the sculpture repeats itself down into the sandy depths. The whole production fits nicely with its medium- a brash, overt sculpture for the loud, carousing beach- and it also seems appropriately tuned to the end of the season. Summer always comes again, but that doesn't stop us from asking: Where has this one gone?

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Images courtesy of Carl Jara.

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