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An artist in Ireland creates mind-blowing optical illusions out of sand — and then watches them wash away.

Manuel Frolich enjoys going to the beach but he doesn’t just lounge around like most people. He instead creates masterful — if temporary — pieces of art in the sand.

Manuel has always been interested in art, but in the late 2000s picked up a piece of driftwood on a beach and began to sketch with it. 

From there, his habit took off and he made designs in the sand whenever he would visit the beach with his children, he told Media Drum. Then, in 2014, he created his first large drawing, which was around 50 meters — about 164 feet — in diameter. 

After finishing his first creation, he rushed up to the top of a cliff to take a photo and was inspired to continue creating art.

“I start at the desk, first playing around with design ideas, only using a ruler and compass,” Frolich told Media Drum.

“Once a drawing is complete [on paper], I work out a geometrical construction plan for the beach, which is highly important as I have only limited time between the tides,” he explained to Media Drum.

“I start at the desk, first playing around with design ideas, only using a ruler and compass,” Frolich told Media Drum.
“I start at the desk, first playing around with design ideas, only using a ruler and compass,” Frolich told Media Drum.

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“Every single step is a joy of its own,” artist Frolich said.
“Every single step is a joy of its own,” artist Frolich said.
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“The outlining can take up to three or four hours before the actual drawing takes place," he said of the process creating his intricate designs.
“The outlining can take up to three or four hours before the actual drawing takes place,” he said of the process creating his intricate designs.
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Frolich designs his pieces beforehand to visualize and plan out how to bring his ideas to life.

“It is exciting to see a design growing on paper until it reaches its final version. I usually mark and shade the finished piece with markers to copy the raking effect that I plan to do on the beach. 

“To work out my mathematical plan is tricky and time-consuming, but when it’s all ready for the beach, this construction doesn’t leave my mind until it’s finished on the sand,” he added. 

He then spends around four to six hours raking sand to complete each dazzling creation.

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Manuel Frolich makes stunning designs in the sand that boggle the mind.
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He designs all his pieces on paper before heading to the beach to begin his creations.
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Illusions made out of sand
Frolich spends hours masterfully raking sand and designing the landscape.
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“To work out my mathematical plan is tricky and time-consuming," he said of his artistry.
“To work out my mathematical plan is tricky and time-consuming,” he said of his artistry.
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“On the beach, I start with the tide going out, taking measurements and finding construction points, always using the same four tools; measuring tape, a bamboo stick, string and a set of different rakes,” he explained.

“The outlining can take up to three or four hours before the actual drawing takes place.  Some people claim I would use dark sand to create my designs, but no, it’s just raked sand.”

Frolich also takes advantage of the tide as the water washes ashore to help him create his art.

“I do need the tides to draw. Tidal sand contains a lot of moisture, it is dry and bright on the surface, and when I rake it, the wetter, and therefore darker, sand comes up and creates a beautiful contrast, this is how I draw,” he said.

“After finishing a drawing, I instantly launch the drone; the first look on the screen is another big joyful moment, the first glimpse to see if everything worked out the way I wanted it to happen.”

Frolich designs his spectacular pieces beforehand to plan out how to bring them to life.
Frolich designs his spectacular pieces beforehand to plan out how to bring them to life.
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A bird's-eye view — including a human for perspective — shows a creation's mammoth size.
A bird’s-eye view — including a human for perspective — shows a creation’s mammoth size.
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He always rushes to find a vantage point to capture his beautiful artwork before it disappears.
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Frolich finds it soothing to watch his art be washed away by the rising tides.
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Eventually, the tides come and wash away his work. People often ask Frolich if he minds his stunning creations disappearing into the landscape, but he claimed he “never” does.

“Every single step is a joy of its own,” he declared. “The next big moment is the incoming tide reaching and slowly erasing the drawing.”

The tranquil artist described watching the tide slowly erase his work as “a soothing moment,” adding that he actually feels “thankful that nature provides all these big blank canvases, even if only for a short time,” he said.

“Having all drone images done is like my drawings will live on forever in some way, and therefore I’m pleased to see it go,” he added. “Something gets vanished that will never appear again.”


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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’

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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins

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MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.
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Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.


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A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.


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