So how do you top a bunch of excavators playing the world's most massive game of Jenga? You put them to use doing what they were designed for: building stuff. Except stuff, in this case, happens to be the world's tallest sand castle towering over 41 feet.
These are sandcastles only in the technical sense; instead of temporary structures erected on the beach, they're images engraved on individual grains of sand, best enjoyed with the help of a microscope.
Anyone can build a castle with sand, but can you build a castle on sand? Artist and photographer Vik Muniz collaborated with MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho to engrave a castle onto a single granule of sand.
All buildings eventually die: Sometimes sooner, sometimes later. But artist Calvin Seibert's work lasts no longer than a turn of the Earth. Seibert spends his free time sculpting incredible models on the beach—and they're unlike any sand castles I've ever seen.
Here's a relatively useless yet undoubtedly impressive trick you can pull the next time you go to the beach: make a sand castle that's so unbelievably sturdy that it can hold up an entire person. Seriously. What's it take? Unfortunately, a wee bit more than just wet sand.
Remember all the hard work you put into sand castles as a little kid? Crouching, scooping and shaping. It was tough! And it was always for naught because the stupid ocean would eventually swallow your castles whole and wash it away. What if you could make sand castles live forever, though? Turns out you can.