Come for the sand, stay for the... sand.
Artists gathered this week at the Tottori Dune's "Sand Museum" in Japan for the 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition. This year, the exhibition's theme is "Russia" in honor of the Sochi Olympics. In case you weren't aware of how difficult it is to be a sand sculptor, the Sand Museum's website reminds us just how transient the medium is: "Sand sculptures eventually collapse as the material is sand."
Luckily, the sculptures were captured on camera before falling apart, so check out some very impressive works of art below. --Sarah Eberspacher