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Mesmerizing sand art turns beaches into fantastical canvasses

For most a trip to the beach is all about relaxing, lounging in the sun and breaking away from the stressful realities of urban life. An opportunity to feel the sand between your toes and tread gently through the surf. <!-- -->
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</br>But for <a href='https://www.behance.net/beachscriber' target='_blank'>South African calligrapher, Andrew van der Merwe</a>, the sand stretches in front of him as an enormous blank canvas ready to be sculpted and carved into a work of art before the tide comes and washes it away. <!-- -->
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</br><i>By </i><strong><i><a href='www.twitter.com/laurenmoorhouse' target='_blank'>Lauren Said-Moorhouse</a></i></strong><i>, for CNN</i>

For most a trip to the beach is all about relaxing, lounging in the sun and breaking away from the stressful realities of urban life. An opportunity to feel the sand between your toes and tread gently through the surf.

But for South African calligrapher, Andrew van der Merwe, the sand stretches in front of him as an enormous blank canvas ready to be sculpted and carved into a work of art before the tide comes and washes it away.

By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, for CNN