Did you like making sand castles on the beach? Yes? Well, Andoni Bastarrika is just like you. He is a brilliant artist, but his art is sort of different from anything you have seen before.
Artists get to pick the right material for their masterpiece, and Bastarrika uses sand. He uses a unique method to make his animals, and we love each and every sculpture he has made.
Sand sculpting may look like a challenge to you, but Bastarrika enjoys every bit of it. Fresh tap and sea water bring the sand together. It’s a complex technique, but it’s worth every minute you “invest.”
Bastarrika uses sand from fluvial deposits. River sand has angular grains and it’s perfect for sand figures. Gerry Kirk was the first to develop the sand sculpture process in the 1970s. It’s a two-stage process full of challenges.
In the compaction stage, the artist presses the sand together using wooden forms. In the other stage, artists shape their sculptures.
“The sand fascinates me because no matter how you look at it, it will always teach you things if you are willing to learn,” Bastarrika wrote on his Facebook account. “In order to create a sculpture, an unthinkable number of sand particles participate, hugging each other tightly through humidity, so that someone could model their union. And once the artist steps back, its piece will remain at the mercy of nature, meaning that sooner or later the wind will dry them up and release each particle, slowly consuming all the individuality and authenticity.”
Bastarrika’s shapes are unique and ultra-realistic. He has been making sand sculptures for a decade. What can we say… this man loves his hobby!
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PROPUESTA ANTE LA CRISIS. Si a alguien le interesa ver a su perro realizado en arena mediante mis manos, ahora es el momento. La crisis me esta dando duro, toda las posibilidades de trabajo que tenía se tuvieron que anular, y en la situación actual a cara al verano contratar talleres y esculturas este verano esta muy difícil. Por ello este año propongo la posibilidad por un precio módico de realizar esculturas realistas de arena personalizadas de vuestras mascotas. Después de realizarlos, os mandaría fotos por imeil, uno de ellos con el artista como firma o certificado. Si alguno/a está interesado, que se ponga en contacto conmigo por privado. Se agradece de corazón.. Ayúdenme a difundirlo, eskerrik asko, gracias. Andoni Bastarrika Artista #art #arte #realismo #esculturasdearena #esculturas #perros #dog #sandsculpture #sand #sandarts
“To create a beautiful world, we should all embrace each other just as tightly. There are a lot of reasons why I like to make animal sculptures as well, but one is the fact that animals are free spirits,” Bastarrika explained. “Humans can reflect and learn from them.”
Animals are his favorite inspiration.
“Then, there’s the nudity they bring with themselves to this world at birth which they keep until their death,” the artist added. “That nudity — at least to me — symbolizes freedom, the essential ingredient to being able to truly live. Humans ‘overdress’ to survive in a lot of ways. 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 first thing he mad was a mermaid. Bastarrika made it with the help of his two girls. His hands “knew what they were doing.”
“They knew what they were doing. I devoted myself to developing this gift and have spent the last 10 years doing just that.”
Today, Bastarrika hosts workshops and teaches his “students” how to make sand sculptures.