While for most of you, a trip to the beach is to have fun and enjoy the sun, this guy does it to show off his sand sculpting skills. And ooh God, his talent is massive. In fact his sculptures looks so realistic, people often mistakes them for real animals. Everybody, meet Andoni Bastarrika – one of the most talented sand sculptures in the whole world!
Though his job had nothing to do with sculpture, neither his studies, Bastarrika discovered this passion for sand carving, by accident, roughly a decade ago, while visiting one of the beaches in his homeland in the Basque region of Spain. He was at the beach with his two daughters, when he decided to model a tiny mermaid in sand. He realized straight away, he was gifted with some divine talent.
My both hands were looking like they knew what they were doing,” Bastarrika shared with the Bored Panda. “I devoted myself to developing this gift and have spent the last 10 years doing just that.” From that moment, Bastarrika never give up to his passion. In fact he started t dedicate much of his time visiting the sandy beaches in the northwestern Spain, to create very unique sculptures. All masterpieces!
“The sand fascinates me because no matter how you look at it, it will always teach you things if you are willing to learn,” the gifted artist wrote on Facebook. “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.”
Most of Bastarrika’s work is inspired by the animal world. He’s actually so talented, his three-dimensional sculptures look unbelievably realistic. His real-sized masterpieces seems they’re just taking a nap on the sand, that’s how good he is.
“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,” the artist explained. “And I embrace their freedom, power, and wisdom through beauty.”
Depending on the model, Bastarrika works from from a few hours, to even a couple of days. “The time it takes to create one piece largely depends on its size,” he said. “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.”
Take a look at his work of art!