Self-Taught Artist Creates Stunningly Realistic Sand Sculptures

Andoni Bastarrika, a multi-media artist from Spain, has been getting a lot of attention lately for his ultra-realistic animal sculptures made almost exclusively with sand. He has been entertaining beach-goers for almost a decade now, but he only recently garnered fame after a photo of one of his sand sculptures went viral on social media. His life-size sand sculpture of a bull is unbelievably realistic, from the subtle muscle definition to the hair-like sand detailing on its forehead. Andoni began experimenting with sand sculptures in 2010, developing his own techniques as he progressed. He mostly uses his hands to shape the sculptures, but when it comes to the fine details he uses simple tools like a brush, small sticks and toothpicks.