It is about sand sculptures today. We cannot talk about an art without talking about the artist. So here we present you an amazing sand sculpture artist, Andy Bastarrika. This guy can make really lifelike sculptures with sand as you can see below.
Our artist, Bastarrika, describes his talent as a gift. He says he has found ‘fluidity’ of his hands. Which means it is like his hands knows what they are doing. He found this talent during the summer of 2010 when he was out on a beach with his children. He was trying to sculpt a little mermaid for them and it had come out way better than he expected. Since then he was dedicated to develop his skills on ‘the art of sand sculptures’ for more than a decade now. See, even though you are naturally gifted you need practice to be perfect.
According to Bastarrika, the sand can always teach you something if you are willing to learn. “In order to create a sculpture, an unthinkable number of sand particles participate, hugging each other tightly through humidity” he says. “To create a beautiful world, we should all embrace each other just as tightly.” Furthermore, he says that once the artist steps back, those pieces will eventually fall off to the ground and become one with the nature again. He is highlighting some valid points here. It is the irony of life.
Bastarrika says that he likes doing animal works mostly because they are free spirits. He strongly believes that nudity symbolize freedom. That is another reason he like to do animal sculptures. He says humans ‘overdress’ to survive. “I have never made nor will I make an animal with a necklace or chains. I prefer to embrace their freedom, power, and wisdom through beauty rather than a form of suffering.” The man is all about freedom. We totally support him.
His sculpturing process goes through few different steps. First he gets some moist sand and pile it up. Then start shaping it, trying to find the natural expression of the pile and a way to bring it into life. Once he found the movement he uses a feather and a sharpened stick to carve in. after he is done all the carving he use things like clay powder, coal powder, stone powder or ash to give some color to his sculpture as a finishing touch.