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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desert29rat
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1 month ago

That is just amazing!

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Bastarrika said that his artistic journey with sand began in the summer of 2010 on a beach with his two girls. The first sculpture he made was actually a little mermaid. Working on it allowed him to discover what he calls his gift -- the 'fluidity' of his hands. "They knew what they were doing," Bastarrika told Bored Panda. "I devoted myself to developing this gift and have spent the last 10 years doing just that.

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Jackson Bowen
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1 month ago

The detail on the face!!!! So cool!

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"The sand fascinates me because no matter how you look at it, it will always teach you things if you are willing to learn," he wrote on his Facebook account. "In order to create a sculpture, an unthinkable number of sand particles participate, hugging each other tightly through humidity, so that someone could model their union. And once the artist steps back, its piece will remain at the mercy of nature, meaning that sooner or later the wind will dry them up and release each particle, slowly consuming all the individuality and authenticity."

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Willow Anderson
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1 month ago

The dog looks so happy to see a bigger version of itself.

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According to Bastarrika, although there are a thousand reasons why he's attracted to sand, this one is probably the main one. In fact, he even thinks that we humans should act like this. "To create a beautiful world, we should all embrace each other just as tightly."

"There are a lot of reasons why I like to make animal sculptures as well, but one is the fact that animals are free spirits," Bastarrika explained, adding that animals are not only unique and beautiful but bearers of great wisdom as well. "Humans can reflect and learn from them."

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Isaiah Rosa
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1 month ago

"Release the Kraken!"

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"Then, there's the nudity they bring with themselves to this world at birth which they keep until their death. That nudity -- at least to me -- symbolizes freedom, the essential ingredient to being able to truly live. Humans 'overdress' to survive in a lot of ways. I have never made nor will I make an animal with a necklace or chains. I prefer to embrace their freedom, power, and wisdom through beauty rather than a form of suffering."

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

He must mix something into it to get the head to stay unsupported.

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The actual creation process goes something like this: Bastarrika piles up moist sand and starts shaping it, trying to find its expression, the movement that will bring it to life. After finding it, he uses a sharpened stick and a feather to deepen that expression and to transmit life into it. He also sometimes uses other materials like ashes, coal powder, clay powder, stone powder of different colors, glass shards, and so on.

"The time it takes to create one piece largely depends on its size," Bastarrika explained. "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."

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Leni Siddiqi
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1 month ago

Almost too real. Makes me feel sad.

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desert29rat
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1 month ago

It's so realistic that I'd keep my distance from this one.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

I love the colours on this one and the use of beach glass/stones to decorate the sea turtle's fins.

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victor leon
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1 month ago

Its thought provoking!!

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AllyBug
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1 month ago

Jaws on land!!

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Donna Leske
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1 month ago

Please don't cut dogs ears, it is a sick practice.

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thingjummings
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1 month ago

See you later, alligator 😬

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Christopher Bowers
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1 month ago

I swear if I saw that on the beach I would freak out and get the hello kitty outta there!

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kitty.boom
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1 month ago

Our sad reality

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Mileen Lai
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1 month ago

"You're gonna need a bigger boat"

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kitty.boom
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1 month ago

The eyes look realistic and full of emotions

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O Jackson
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1 month ago

How did you get the horns?

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Mileen Lai
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1 month ago

Don't let the sadness of the swamp get to you, Artax

Teresa Taylor
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1 month ago

Now I want to see this movie again! Although I've probably seen it at least 15 times, and I'm 54, I still cry every time that horse is lost.

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Berry Budgie
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1 month ago

I love horses🐎

O Jackson
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1 month ago

The eyes are so realistic

Fred and George Weasley
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1 month ago

i love this! it looks like a horse is emerging from the ground

Craig Morley
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1 month ago

Really beautiful!

Craig Morley
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1 month ago

Is it just sand and water or does he add something to keep it solid?

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Maureen Peters
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1 month ago

Awesome, breathtaking..

CR Harvey
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1 month ago

The horses just speak to me...

Pompilius
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1 month ago

Suitable for "The Godfather" (minus the bl%d).

Sarah Stalder
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1 month ago

Dead horsie Artax...

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

You know horses. You are talented beyond imagination.

Sharon Meredith-Muller
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1 month ago

I would keep it forever-love him!!!

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Roadkill The Brave
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1 month ago

Oh dang, this one...He did a really great job, look at the eyes!

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Jean Wallace
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1 month ago

so very realistic, just blows me away

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AllyBug
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1 month ago

those fat rolls tho

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Sharon Hyatt
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1 month ago

''The Lion Sleeps Tonight ''

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Jean Wallace
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1 month ago

you must like alligators, they really are good for this medium

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Lilly Rose Poppy
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1 month ago

Am I the only one who saw his head blend into the animal

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

This is really sweet- I would love to be exploring a tide pool and stumble across this little sleeping elephant.

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Willow Anderson
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1 month ago

Imagine going up to this girl thinking she’s dead and she crumbles in your hands...

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M Adams
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1 month ago

A poopless dog

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Jean Wallace
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1 month ago

love the texture of it's skin!

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Sarah Brinsfield
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1 month ago

Ooohh nooooocean!

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Berry Budgie
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1 month ago

Awww beached☹️

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AllyBug
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1 month ago

Need a hand?

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Jace
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1 month ago

Looks dead and rotting.

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Jill Peters
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1 month ago

Cuddley

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Jean Wallace
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1 month ago

even whiskers

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O Jackson
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1 month ago

Ssssssstop staring at me.

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Jean Wallace
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1 month ago

great teeth

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Berry Budgie
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1 month ago

Another beached whale!🐋🏝😭

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Donna Leske
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1 month ago

It Comes From Deep in the Earth

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Marjolaine Jouany
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1 month ago

Fabulous

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