If you're an artist, everything is a medium. And for Andoni Bastarrika, that's sand. That's right, while most of us feel really good about ourselves after we build a castle at the beach, Bastarrika isn't content with that. His works are much more ambitious, usually revolving around the natural world. From bulls to sharks and beyond, continue scrolling and check out some of the best creatures the artist has made. And yes, they aren't just animals that he unearthed, Bastarrika really did sculpt them.

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Sand Artist Creates Detailed Sculptures That You Could Easily Mistake For Live Animals If You Saw Them From A Distance

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Andoni comenzó a usar la arena en el verano de 2010, mientras estaba en la playa con sus 2 hijas. La 1ª escultura que hizo fue una sirenita, y al trabajar con ella, descubrió su "don", la fluidez de sus manos. "Mis manos sabían lo que hacían. Me dediqué a desarrollar este don y he pasado los últimos 10 años haciendo exactamente eso."

"La arena me fascina porque no importa como la mires, siempre te enseña cosas si estás dispuesto a aprender. Para crear una escultura se necesitan un número impensable de partículas de arena, bien unidas a través de la humedad, para que alguien moldee su unión. Y una vez que el artista se aleja, la obra queda a merced de la naturaleza, lo que significa que antes o después el viento las secará y liberará cada particula, consumiendo lentamente la individualidad y autenticidad."

Según Andoni, aunque hay mil razones por las que le atrae la arena, esta es la principal. De hecho, cree que los humanos deberían actuar de tal forma. "Para crear un mundo hermoso, deberíamos abrazarnos todos, estar así de unidos."

"Hay muchas razones por las que me gusta hacer esculturas de animales, pero una de ellas es que son espíritus libres. Los humanos podrían reflexionar y aprender de ellos."

"Luego está su desnudez, que mantienen desde que nacen hasta que mueren. Esto para mi simboliza la libertad, un ingrediente esencial para poder vivir realmente. Los humanos se "visten demasiado" para sobrevivir de muchas maneras. Nunca he creado, ni lo haré, un animal con collar o cadenas. Prefiero aceptar su libertad, su poder y sabiduría a través de la belleza y no una forma de sufrimiento."

El proceso de creación es algo así: "Mi proceso de creación es la siguiente. Amontono arena humeda y con las manos lo voy modelando y buscándole la expresión, el movimiento que les dan vida. Después de encontrarles la expresión o vida, con un palito con punta y una pluma voy profundizando en la expresión haciendo visible para toda la gente pueda experimentar la vida que trasmiten, aunque sean de arenaPara ello también ulilizo, otros materiales como arenas de diferentes colores, cenizas, polvo de carbón, polvo de barros, polvos de piedras de diferentes colores, cristales u otros materiales para los ojos..."

"La duración del proceso de creaciones varía según los tamaños, por ejemplo el elefante lo hice en dos días, el toro, caballo o bisonte, cada uno en unas 12 horas. Los perros, más pequeños, de 6 a 8 horas."

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