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The Incredible Sand Sculptures of Toshihiko Hosaka

The Incredible Sand Sculptures of Toshihiko Hosaka

May 16, 2017

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Johnny Strategy

…commonly accepted) is a hardening spray applied to his sculpture only after it’s been completed, in order to prevent wind and sun from eroding it for a few days. Earlier this month Hosaka competed in the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival along with 22 other international professional sand sculptors. The theme for the contest was “Hero” and Hosaka spent 3 days sculpting a figure of Musashi Miyamoto, which was awarded 1st prize on…



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Figurative Sand Sculptures by Carl Jara

Figurative Sand Sculptures by Carl Jara

Jan.3.12

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Christopher

…hmore or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. How pleasantly surprised I was to find these striking figurative sculptural works by Cleveland-based sand sculptor and woodworker Carl Jara, who says his intention is to sculpt things with sand you would never expect to see at a sand castle competition. His work is so accomplished you almost forget the medium you’re looking at, the pieces appearing as if carved from marble or wood. Jara began working…



Photography

Sand Creatures Suspended in Midair by Claire Droppert

Sand Creatures Suspended in Midair by Claire Droppert

Mar.25.14

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Christopher

Hare For her latest photographic series titled Sand Creatures, Rotterdam-based photographer Claire Droppert hurled clumps of sand through the air and captured the peculiar shapes with a high speed camera. Looking at the final images it was hard not to see the abstract forms of animals and other creatures that emerged from the weightless plumes of sand. Droppert has been sharing the series on Instagram, and you can see more photography on her…



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New Time-lapse Videos of Spontaneous Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum

New Time-lapse Videos of Spontaneous Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum

Jun.24.15

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Christopher

…s. All of Mangrum’s paintings are spontaneous and evolve as he works, a grueling physical process that involves dozens of revolutions around the artwork as he adds new details and flourishes by pouring brightly colored sand. All eight artworks were photographed as he worked and turned into time-lapse videos, three of which are included here. The sand paintings will remain on view through October 30, 2015. You can follow more of…



Photography

Strong Winds Carve Otherworldly Towers from Frozen Sand on the Shore of Lake Michigan

Strong Winds Carve Otherworldly Towers from Frozen Sand on the Shore of Lake Michigan

Feb.16.15

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Christopher

…hile exploring the shores around St. Joseph, Michigan last week, photographer Joshua Nowicki stumbled onto a bizarre phenomenon: dozens of small sand towers rising out of the beach, some over a foot tall. The strange layered sand castles are formed when blasts of wind slowly erode layers of frozen sand, much like how a river might slowly create a canyon. Nowicki returned yesterday to shoot more photos, but found that sunny skies were enough to…



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Infinity: A Mind-Bending New Sand Sculpture by Carl Jara

Infinity: A Mind-Bending New Sand Sculpture by Carl Jara

Jul.18.13

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Christopher

Cleveland-based sand sculptor and woodworker Carl Jara (previously) just won fist-place at the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition with this fun sculpture titled Infinity. The piece, which also won the People’s Choice award, depicts a series of five consecutive human figures in the palm of another, each one smaller than the last. As an added bonus, he shot a time-lapse video of the entire piece coming together over a period…



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Mouth of Sand

Mouth of Sand

Jul.16.12

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Christopher

…of work, “Human Studies,” from 2010, I subvert notions of enduring beauty with life-size images of women sculpted in a labor-intensive process out of sand, which I then photographed before destroying them. I create life-size sand sculptures of models typically found in high-gloss fashion magazines, photograph the works in sand and then I destroy them as a commentary on the ephemeral nature of beauty, America’s obsession with youth culture and…



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Bruce Shapiro’s Mesmerizing Kinetic Sand Drawing Machines

Bruce Shapiro’s Mesmerizing Kinetic Sand Drawing Machines

Jun.3.15

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Christopher

In a 21st century take on the traditional Zen sand garden, artist Bruce Shapiro invented the Sisyphus Machine, an elaborate kinetic drawing machine that uses magnets to drag rolling steel marbles through a thin layer of sand to create complicated mandala-like patterns. Shapiro, who was once a practicing physician, has spent the better part of 25 years experimenting with computerized motion control and many of his Sisyphus Machines have been…



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New Kinetic Sand Drawing Tables by Bruce Shapiro

New Kinetic Sand Drawing Tables by Bruce Shapiro

Sep.26.16

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Kate

Bruce Shapiro (previously) has transformed the tools that create sculpture into the sculpture itself, using CNC machines to produce tables that trace beautiful patterns in thin layers of sand. Shapiro named this kinetic art project Sisyphus, an appropriate title as the metal balls that move through each table’s sand seems to be forever rolling and creating patterns, much like the Greek myth. Shapiro has been producing the Sisyphus…



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The World’s Smallest Sandcastles Built on Individual Grains of Sand by Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho

The World’s Smallest Sandcastles Built on Individual Grains of Sand by Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho

Mar.27.14

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Christopher

…of individual objects. In this new collaboration with artist and MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho, Muniz takes the opposite approach and explores the microscopic with a new series of sandcastles etched onto individual grains of sand. The process of getting a sandcastle onto a speck of rock was anything but straightforward and involved over four years of trial and error utilizing both antiquated and highly technical methods. Muniz first drew each…



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Impermanent Sand Paintings by Andres Amador

Impermanent Sand Paintings by Andres Amador

Mar.19.12

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Christopher

San Francisco-area landscape artist Andreas Amador etches massive sand drawings onto beaches during full moons when his canvas reaches its largest potential. Using only a rake and often several helpers the geometric and organic shapes are slowly carved into the sand, often interacting with the physical topography like the stones in a zen garden. The works exist for only a few moments, just long enough to snap a few photographs before being…