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Brazilian Sand Girl
Status: Real picture (fake girl)
image Check out this picture. Is it a real girl lying in the sand? Or is it a sand sculpture? Hard to tell. The photographer, Jair Ribbeiro, says that it's a sand sculpture:

I was walkin' in the Farol da Barra Beach (Bahia Brazil) last august '04 when i saw this sculpture in the sand.. It was really unbelieveble.. The guy that made this is a genius.. Leonardo!!!!

It actually looks faker in the thumbnail than it does in the larger version. (via Optical Illusions Etc.)
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Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 07, 2005


Oooh I'd have sex with it... lol
Posted by davetolomy  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  04:15 AM
I'd say it wa a real girl just sprinkled with sand... anywho, you should have kept that thought to yourself dave, theres young and innicentish people around here raspberry
Posted by thunder  in  England  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  04:16 AM
It's a reasonably good sculpture. I'm sure it's not a woman under there. The legs are just a little... wrong.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  05:05 AM
If you go to the artist's flickr page and hunt around he has a few other angles of the the same sculpture. Interesting photo site.

Thanks for stopping by Optical Illusions Etc...

cool smile
Posted by Walt  in  Optical Illusions Etc...  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  05:16 AM
That is a very good sand sculpture, I think. Few women have such a lush tush compared to the torso; it looks more like a Playboy cartoon woman. Excellent job, though.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  06:38 AM
sorry, what I meant was I think the top half is a girl sprinkled with sand, and there is more sand on her bottom half to, ahem, accentuate her features.
Posted by thunder  in  England  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  08:58 AM
but then, (sorry I've just looked at the other pics) there are four sculpture things next to each other. I change my vote to good artist
Posted by thunder  in  England  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  09:01 AM
The hair is pretty much a giveaway, you can see the sand head underneath the wig.

Very nice sculpture though, I think the artist used J-Lo as the inspiration for the derriere.
Posted by Chris Carlisle  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  09:40 AM
It is defintly a sculpture and not the best that I have seen. Having lived on the coast all of my life I have been to many sand sculpting contests its amazing what they can do.
Posted by tim  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  10:10 AM
If its a sculpture the sand has to be brought in from elsewhere. Beach sand is not suited for sand sculptures, as the grains are too rounded. You need angular grains.

Looking at the legs I nevertheless would vote for "sculpture"
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  02:38 PM
Well, if they mixed in glue or some other stuff to be a matrix, then the shape of the sand grains wouldn't be as much of a problem. Or so I would imagine. Plus, it wouldn't fall apart as easily.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  07:17 PM
Hey! That's my ass!
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Thu Dec 08, 2005  at  03:58 AM
If its a sculpture the sand has to be brought in from elsewhere. Beach sand is not suited for sand sculptures, as the grains are too rounded. You need angular grains.

Actually, I have done plenty of sand sculptures with beach sand.
Never been any problem with it. You just have to make sure the level of moisture is correct.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Thu Dec 08, 2005  at  04:54 AM
Actually, I have done plenty of sand sculptures with beach sand.
Never been any problem with it. You just have to make sure the level of moisture is correct.


But it will fall apart then as soon as it has dried.

There's an annual sand sculpture festival here at Scheveningen beach. They especially bring in riversand.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Thu Dec 08, 2005  at  06:13 AM
Not in my experience, it doesn't.
Of course, that's only over the course of about three days. I'm sure it falls apart after that.
However, beach art isn't supposed to be a long-term piece.

My point is: you can sculpt with beach sand. As I made quite clear.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Thu Dec 08, 2005  at  09:00 AM
This is a sculpture, albeit a beauty.

The feet and toes are a bit cartoonish to be genuine, though it could well be a real feamle that is sculpted around. The hair is well done though.
Posted by DFStuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Fri Dec 09, 2005  at  11:30 PM
I live in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. This sculpture was made in my city. Every day a poor guy makes this kind of art in the sand. He is an artist!!!
Posted by gliabreu  in  salvador, bahia, Brazil  on  Sun Dec 11, 2005  at  06:02 PM
gliabreu, it's a shame he also sounds like a starving artist. The guy is pretty damn good at this, and deserves more recognition....
Posted by DFStuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Sun Dec 11, 2005  at  10:29 PM
that is amazing..
wow thats pretty sad when people are saying that they want to have sex with a sand scupture...
Posted by chelsealou  in  texas  on  Mon Jan 02, 2006  at  04:14 PM
Get a life, Dave. mad
Anyway, the sand sculpture is amazing.
Thumbs up to the sculptor! grin
Posted by Shah  in  Singapore  on  Tue Jan 24, 2006  at  01:45 PM
when i went to Jamaica it was amazing what all these people were doing in the sand, one person i was making a hippo on its tummy. and when i went to Vegas, this one dood and his friends made a speed boat. it was so cool. it was ingraved into the sand. we got some pictures with me n my cousins in it.
Posted by kels-erzZ  in  michigann  on  Mon Apr 10, 2006  at  03:58 PM
i love brazil
Posted by anmar  in  arbian  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  11:13 AM
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