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Meet New York City's Master of Sand

Calvin Seibert’s astounding sandcastles are made to be destroyed.
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Calvin Seibert

Vail, Colorado, is one of America’s most popular ski resort towns. It is also known for being built for skiing alone. Vail didn’t exist until the mid-1960s, when ski champion Pete Seibert helped lead its rapid construction.  

Calvin Seibert, Pete’s son, was a kid at the time. Fascinated by Vail’s buildings in progress, he played in the shadows of their foundations and framings. And in piles of sand around the construction sites, he began to build his own unfinished castles. He never stopped.