Depending on the size of a sculpture Andoni Bastarrika devotes from 6 hours to 2 days of work, to fully complete one of his vanishing masterpieces. Besides moist sand Bastarrika uses also a few other materials like ashes, coal powder, clay powder, stone powder of different colors, glass shards… It was a sunny day, the year 2010 when Bastarrika first realized he had a special gift. He was with his two girls on the beach and he made his first sculpture – a little mermaid. The fluidity of his hands, like they knew exactly what they were doing was what surprised Bastarrika as he realized it was the beginning of his artistic journey. “I devoted myself to developing this gift and have spent the last 10 years doing just that,” the artist shared. “The sand fascinates me because no matter how you look at it, it will always teaches you things 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. And once the artist steps back, its piece will remain at the mercy of nature, slowly consuming all the individuality and authenticity. 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, bearers of great wisdom.” When it comes to the process of sculpting artist starts with a huge pile of moist sand, searching for the perfect expression by sharpening its form with hands and sticks. It goes on for hours of meticulous work until his creatures finally form the hyper-realistic look that gives them life.
Creating like a Westworld sand edition Mr. Ford.
A little mermaid was artist’s first creation back in 2010
“The elephant, for example, took me 2 days, while the horse and the bison took 12 hours each. The dogs, which were smaller, needed about 6 to 8 hours.”
The horrible truth that we slip under the blue rug
What would you do if you saw this from a distance of 50 feet? Run? Freeze?