When an artist creates a beautiful work of art, she or he usually wants it to last forever — or at least, to outlive its creator. But sometimes, an artist just wants to create a work of beauty that will last a short time, and then be gone forever. Here are the loveliest short-lived works of art... made of sand.

The German invasion and occupation of Ukraine, by Kseniya Simonova

Dance on the circle, by Mikhail Sadovnikov

Endangered species, by Kseniya Simonova

Beautiful Morocco, by Kseniya Simonova

Home is where the heart is, by Ilana Yahav

Troy, by Kseniya Simonova

Love, by Fatmir Mura

World of Conceptions, by Yan Junjie

A sand story for the King of Thailand, by Kseniya Simonova

Titanic, by Feng Xian

Evolution, by Jin Li

The Middle Ages, by Kseniya Simonova

Artworks by Ilana Yahav

Russian Fantasy, by Kseniya Simonova