Even if you've built some killer sandcastles in your day, odds are that you've never built - or even seen - anything like the sand sculptures of Carl Jara.
Jara's work doesn't have turrets, mermaids, or fish, but it does depict otherworldly scenes (along with realistic recreations) that spark the imagination.
Jara's sculptures are more about abstraction than creating things that reflect marine life.
The Cleveland-based sculptor and woodworker does that on purpose: His intention is to create things you would never normally see in a sandcastle competition.
His work is definitely unusual, not to mention totally impressive. See what Jara does with sand, patience, and a ton of talent, below.
He's earned nine World Championship metals for his sand sculptures, and it's not difficult to see why.
His work is incredibly unusual, and it's also a little subversive for your average sandcastle competition.
His work is so smooth and refined that you almost forget that what you're looking at is sand, instead of wood or marble.
Jara studied fine art in college, but soon realized that design was not his strong suit. Instead, he wanted to create with his hands, and sand is the perfect medium.
The response to his work has been nothing but positive, and Jara has no plans to stop.