#1 Most Amazing Sandcastle Ever! Sunset Beach, NC

Last week I experienced one of the most artistic moments of my life, an unbelievable sandcastle at Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

This incredible ancient sand city was designed and created by artist Lukas Goodmuth, from Baltimore, Maryland.

Normally, rainstorms would have prevented Lukas and his family from having enough time to work out such intricate details, but a run of great weather had given them over a week to create these dreamlike Arabian buildings. And yes, I also benefited from such sunny weather!

If you’re interested in traveling to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, please click here to read the article that I wrote last year.

I had a great time chatting with Lukas’ family (who have been building sandcastles here for 15 years), as they explained the attention to detail that goes into building these sandcastles.

Lukas’ vision was helped along by his father Steve, his mother Karen Koelbel, his Aunt Rose Murphy, his brother Jakob, and his sisters Maggie & Hannah.

Each day that  I walked down to the beach, I would see hordes of people thronging Lukas’ sandcastle city, always careful to keep a respectful distance.

Over the course of the week, I always also noticed a big smile on Lukas’ face, as he saw the joy he had brought to his fellow beach-goers.

I absolutely loved witnessing the sunset dip behind the sandcastle!

I got a kick out of hearing Lukas explain the architectural skills he used to build his free-standing dome. “I built buttresses to hold the dome in place”, he said.

Perhaps Brunelleschi could have moved the Duomo in Florence, Italy along a little faster if Lucas had lived in his time.

Both of my boys really loved seeing the sandcastle, although Joseph wanted to run full force at it…I almost had a heart attack…

I expect to see big things from sandcastle builder Lukas Goodmuth, hopefully in building real castles!

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  1. 1

    That is really incredible. The photos are great! I especially like the ones with the setting sun framed in the door way.

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    Excellent! They did a fantastic job with those structures!!! Thanks for the cool share.

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    Brenton Hoyos says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing Josh. Love seeing these amazing things you get to experience. We’re missing the east while back in Utah, but we’ll get back there soon! 🙂

  4. 6

    This is awesome! I like the picture where the sun is peaking through the one building..

    I can imagine Joseph wanted to destroy it haha!

  5. 7

    A similarly incredible temporary artistic media is snow sculpting. We have attended the National Snow Sculpting Championships in Lake Geneva, WI for seven years now, and it never fails to deliver. The things that they can do with snow are truly impressive. Lake Geneva is a nice little resort town about an hour from Chicago.

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    Thanks for the great pictures of such temporary art.

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    Will you be building this year (2013)? We live in nearby Carolina Shores and we’d love to see your work.

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