Andoni Bastarrika, is a Spanish multi-media artist from Basque Country. That area is known for fairytale-like villages, modern architectural landmarks and world-class food and wine.
Bastarrika has been sharing his art with locals on the beaches for 10 years now. You see, this artist uses sand to create his art. Speaking to a local publication in 2015, where he was promoting his sand sculpture workshop, he explains: "I started working with sand about five summers ago. All of a sudden it was all over, with my kids starting to play with sand on the beach and I was making sand pictures to notice. For the next three years, I spent the summer and winter working on the beach. In recent years it has become a livelihood during the summer, I usually spend the summer weekends on the Zarautz promenade. I’ve also gone to town parties as a street artist to make sand paintings in a street corner."
His preference is to create animals and human forms in the sand. He likes to lend realism to his work.
"Since I started with the sand I have never had any intention of looking forward. Because living in the present is putting everything in front of me, and I don’t know what it will be like in the future. Whatever comes next, it will undoubtedly be welcome."
"The time it takes to create one piece largely depends on its size," Bastarrika explained to Bored Panda . "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."
Bastarrika uses simple tools like a brush, small sticks, and toothpicks to create the sculptures, along with his own hands.