Wildwood Crest Drip Castle and the Tower of Babel

Tower of Babel painting next to a drip castle photo from Wildwood NJ


When I was in Wildwood Crest, NJ on vacation at the end of last month, I noticed this “drip castle” on the beach. Granted, I’ve seen drip castles before, and my kids used to make them on beach trips years ago, but for some reason this one grabbed my attention. There was something about the shape of it that reminded me of the Tower of Babel, with its wide base leading up to a narrow top. Scroll down for a view of a 16th Century painting of the Tower of Babel as a comparison point.

drip castle at Wildwood Crest beach
A drip castle seen on the beach at Wildwood Crest, NJ

Below left is “The Tower of Babel,” painted in the 2nd half of the 16th Century by the Flemish painter Hans Bol, who lived from 1534–1593. Below right is a detailed view of the Wildwood Crest drip castle, I love how the blob of sand sits upright at the top of this beach creation. If anyone out there has any pictures of artistic creations using drip castle techniques, please share them with us!

Tower of Babel painting next to a drip castle photo from Wildwood NJ
Above left: The Tower of Babel, a painting by Hans Bol (16th Century), next to a photo of a drip castle seen in Wildwood Crest, NJ.
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