These aren't your prototypical bucket-and-pail sand structures. Matt Kaliner's creations are in an architectural category all their own.
“Although I study the sociology of art, amongst other things, I have not worked up anything particularly deep about sandcastles,” said Matt Kaliner, a sociology lecturer at Harvard University and the architect of some of the weirdest, most wonderful sandcastles I’ve ever seen. “I am motivated entirely by the sheer joy of playing on the beach, and making something out of what I can find that day.”
To Kaliner, joy does not come from an overturned bucket of sand. His creations look nothing like classical interpretations. Instead of mounds and turrets and moats, Kaliner’s structures are drippy archways that twist, jut, climb, and at times appear suspended in midair. They are otherwordly, like something you’d find on a beach in Neverland, or what it might look like if Antoni Gaudi had designed the fictional island of Laputa in a dream.