These stunning 3D sand designs from New Zealand are simple stunning. Scraping optical illusions into the lovely beaches of Mount Maunganui (and others), the creators from 3DSD certainly know how to trick the eyes.

Consisting of the artists Constanza Tagini Nightingale, Jamie Harkins and David Rendu, the artist collective uses the elements to their advantage, stating on their website that, "These ephemeral drawings are respecting the environment, leaving no trace after the following high tide. Photography is the medium to record this moment."

And sometimes the ocean tide molds the art itself:

It's all gorgeous, and we love the models who really help sell the illusion.

Many more images at 3DSD.