In any form, art is always an expression of the artist’s thoughts and emotions. Whether it’s a painting, a statue or a song, it can tell a beautiful story of its owner’s heart.
Andoni Bastarrika has been creating sand sculptures for a decade, using his hands and only some simple utensils such as feathers, toothbrushes or paintbrushes. It all started in the summer of 2010, when Bastarrika spent a day at the beach with his two daughters and came up with his very first sand sculpture: a little mermaid. The fun experience had helped Bastarrika discover the ability of his hands and, since then, he has spent the last ten years developing this wonderful gift in a self-taught way.
The talented artist loves to share the beauty of nature with everyone through his mesmerizing animal sculptures. He believes that human beings can reflect and learn about the freedom, power and wisdom of animals, and we should all embrace each other to create a beautiful world.
Bastarrika builds his spectacular sculptures on the beaches of Euskadi, where he is from and where he lives. Even though he can’t work freely lately due to the pandemic, Bastarrika is still devoting to the art of sculpting with other materials at home (you can check out these stunning artworks on his Facebook and Instagram account). However, sand is and will always be his biggest inspiration.
Let’s admire some of Bastarrika’s fantastic works:
#1. Bastarrika’s sculptures are so realistic that sometimes they’re even scary.
#2. Sometimes he uses other materials to add more life to his sand works.
#3. The coloured ones always look vigorous.
#4. A few friendly dogs he knows are also his “muses”.
#5. Seriously, who doesn’t love a sweet baby elephant?
#6. The whiskers make it even more praiseworthy.
#7. This turtle looks so cute with all these beach tones!
#8. Please save our ocean from pollution.
#9. Bastarrika thinks humans and animals should embrace each other for a better world.
#10. His sand sculptures are truly breath-taking.
#11. He spends 1 or 2 days sculpting big animals.
#12. While the smaller ones only take him 6 to 8 hours.
#13. Imagine walking along the beach and seeing THIS.
#14. The skin of each artwork is super detailed, too.
#15. Bastarrika seems to be a dog person.
#16. His works attract tons of people on the beach.
#17. Rufo must be so proud!
#18. This guy is simply amazing.
#19. He cares a lot about our environment.
#20. His first sand sculpture was also a mermaid, but surely it couldn’t be this fabulous.
#21. Could you believe they are all made of sand?