One of the most admirable attributes of artists is their ability to use anything as a medium. Andoni Bastarrika, a multimedia artist from Spain’s Basque Country, decided that the finest medium for expressing his creativity is sand. Although most of us are proud of our beach sandcastles, Andoni outdid us with his beautiful sand constructions.
His work concentrates on wild animals such as horses, bulls, and sharks. Andoni’s creations are extremely lifelike, and anyone who sees them, especially from a distance, will assume they are real!
When the artist went to the beach with his two daughters in the summer of 2010, he experimented with sand art for the first time. He made a Little Mermaid sculpture for them, and it was then that he recognized he had a talent: the “liquidity” of his hands.
“They know what they’re doing,” he remarked to the uninteresting panda. For the past ten years, I’ve been working hard to cultivate this kind of gift.”
Obviously, he honed this technique through superb sand sculpture and did a fantastic job. He revealed why he had persisted to use sand for the previous ten years in a Facebook post.
“I’m fascinated by sand because, no matter how you look at it, it will teach you something if you’re eager to learn.” In a humid environment, a big number of beautiful sand particles will participate and hug one other to make sculptures. So that someone can simulate their combination. When the artist steps back, his work is at the mercy of nature, which means that the wind will finally dry them up and release each particle, gradually consuming all personality and authenticity.”
Andoni believes that one of the most fundamental reasons he supports sand as a medium is behavior.
They were then brought into this world by deeds till they died. This kind of nudity, at least to me, implies freedom, and freedom is an essential component of living. Humans “dress” in a number of ways to ensure their survival. I’ve never done it, and I’m not going to make animals out of necklaces or chains. I’d rather embrace their independence, strength, and wisdom via beauty than through pain.” He continued.
His creative approach begins with a pile of damp sand, which is then sculpted before striving to find expressions that bring it to life. Once he has mastered it, he will employ sharp sticks and feathers to intensify its expressiveness. He sometimes mixed various elements, such as coal powder, clay powder, colored stone powder, ash, and glass fragments, to lend realism to his work.