Artist’s sand sculptures look like creatures are held still by magic

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Artist’s Sand Sculptures Look Like Creatures Are Held Still By Magic - We The World Magazine
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Beachside destinations often nurture some great sand artists. The sea-wet sands offer an endless canvas for mind-boggling artworks, especially sculptures.

One such artist Andoni Bastarrika shares his work on his Instagram handle. Sculptures of sharks, horse, dog, tiger, a sleeping human, and even a giant foot, all so intricately made that they’ll seem like a witch’s magic spell have held them still.

Speaking to BoredPanda, the artist elaborates, the process starts with piling up moist sand, and then it goes all the way from shaping, texturing, carving, deepening, and detailing using different elements like coal ash, glass powder and so on to invoke life.

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Bastarrika says his journey into sand art began in 2010 while making a little Mermaid with his two daughters. Since then he says “I devoted myself to developing this gift and have spent the last 10 years doing just that.”

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Some of his sculptures nearly touch the hyperrealistic realm, they’re so real-like. He credits the ‘fluidity’ of his hands for the amazing outcome. Bastarrika even makes sure to create scenes by posing with his art from time to time.

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People ask him why of all art forms, he chose sand. Answering to them, he wrote on Facebook:

“The sand fascinates me because wherever you look will always teach you if you are willing to learn. To create a sand sculpture, endless sand particles that embrace each other strongly through humidity, so that the artist can model that union.”

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“Once the artist retires, they will stay at the mercy of nature, so that sooner or later the wind drying them and releasing each particle of sand that symbolizes the sense of individuality or authenticity,” he wrote.

“Among a thousand reasons, this is one why I am attracted to sand,” Bastarrika thinks. He says humans should act like sand – only by embracing each other, staying close to each other, the beautiful art of one-world can be made.

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The artist has a wonderful reason backing his choice of making animal sculptures, primarily. Andoni Bastarrika says animals remind him of free-spirit, of freedom, of great wisdom.

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One very apparent thing about his art is that even if he is making a dog of an often pet breed, he’ll skip the collar or the leash for instance.

“I have never made nor will I make an animal with necklace or chains, I prefer to admit its freedom, power, and wisdom, through beauty, rather than from its suffering.”

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Explaining the process of giving such amazing artwork the life it needs, he tells it takes time to create depending on the size of the sculpture. For instance, the elephant took him four days to complete. The horse took 12 hours and the bison 13.

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One could be easily fooled to think of these sculptures are real from a distance.

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Here’s Andoni Bastarrika for you. An artist par-excellence. Share this post with your friends and family, and don’t forget to mention in comments which one was your favorite? Follow Andoni Bastarrika on Facebook | Instagram

Disclaimer: WeTheWorld Magazine obtained permission to feature the images. Artist owns copyright of all.