Stroll along the beachfront sidewalks and you’re likely to run into Edgar Allan Poe, the Pope, and even Santa Claus. Or at least their sandy twins. Talented sand sculptors frequent Rio’s shores, creating celebrity lookalikes, sleeping dragons, and miniature versions of the city’s famous landmarks out of sand. Delicate castle spires tower four feet above the ground. The sandy arms of Christ the Redeemer float without any visible support over a miniature Corcovado mountain. The most impressive work can be seen on Copacabana beach. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a sand artist in action.