Just how does this work? Shanks explains, “A sand picture consists of two panes of glass glued together creating a tight air seal. Liquid, sand and small pockets of air live inside the glass. Rotating the sand picture will cause the air bubbles inside the glass to rise, creating an air barrier between the liquid and the sand.” What results are shockingly lifelike shots of the outdoors.
Of the three different sand-art picture frames Shank uses, none cost him more than $75, with the smallest costing only $5. Check out the insane video above courtesy of PBS digital studios.