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Beach art: Calvin Seibert builds modernist sandcastles on New York beaches

Every summer for the past fifty years, Calvin Seibert has been building sandcastles.

But in recent years, the 57-year-old's sandcastles, built on New York beaches, have gained recognition online for their elaborate geometric "architectural" designs, which Seibert says can take up to two 10-hour days to build.

"I rarely start with a plan, just a vague notion of trying to do something different each time," he writes on his Flickr, where he regularly posts images of the sandcastles. "In my mind they are always mash-ups of influences and ideas. I see a castle, a fishing village, a modernist sculpture, a stage set for the oscars all at once."

In an phone interview on Saturday, Seibert said it was that "potential," that sets the medium apart and what "makes a sandcastle that much more interesting than just some sculpture in a plaza."

On a more philosophical level, he said his fascination lies in the transient nature of the structures.

"We're all doomed, but there's a different time frame for the sandcastles than you or I, hopefully," he said. "And that's what makes them interesting."

Photo Credit: Calvin Seibert

"The authorities at Fort Tilden asked me to not leave my sand castles up at the end of the day," Seibert wrote on Flickr of this sandcastle at Fort Tilden beach in Queens, photographed on July 17, 2015. "They were deemed a hazard for the night time patrols."

Photo Credit: Calvin Seibert

"If a sandcastle can't be left to the elements then its really not a sandcastle," Seibert said on Flickr. This sandcastle was photographed at Tilden Beach in Queens on July 12, 2015.

A sandcastle by Seibert at Fort Tilden beach
Photo Credit: Calvin Seibert

A sandcastle by Seibert at Fort Tilden beach in Queens on July 10, 2015. "I like coming back in the morning and taking pictures in the morning light."

This sandcastle was photographed on July 5, 2015.
Photo Credit: Calvin Seibert

This sandcastle was photographed on July 5, 2015.

This sandcastle was photographed on June 29, 2015.
Photo Credit: Calvin Seibert

This sandcastle was photographed on June 29, 2015.

Photographed on July 6, 2015.
Photo Credit: Calvin Seibert

Photographed on July 6, 2015.

A sandcastle created by Calvin Seibert at Fort
Photo Credit: Calvin Seibert

A sandcastle created by Calvin Seibert at Fort Tilden beach in Queens on June 25, 2015.

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