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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6 months ago

That is just amazing!

Bob Belcher
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6 months ago

That's no bull

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Hedwig
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6 months ago

You're trying to tell me this isn't real?!?!

Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Oh my God, I thought it was real!

Denny Brooker
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6 months ago

Incredible

RufffiesWithRidges
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6 months ago

That's sand??😮😮🤩

Tim Kyle
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6 months ago

Excellentaie

Eva Sieh-Heckathorn
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6 months ago

Awesome!!!

Gabriela Ostrow
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6 months ago

Love it!🙏

Paul Chang
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6 months ago

Incredible. Hard to believe it’s made of sand.

Yoseph Workeneh
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6 months ago

Mind blown

Dizzyaudiohh
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6 months ago

Wow, that looks so real!

Evgeniya Khon
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6 months ago

He kinda looks like John Oliver in this photo lol

Faye Iser
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5 months ago

wow

Nurse Bambi
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6 months ago

No way.

mermaidgirl960
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6 months ago

Ngl, when I saw the notification, I genuinely thought it was real XD

Adekemi akande
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6 months ago

Amazing

Gillian Black
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6 months ago

gee thought this was real

Fred and George Weasley
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6 months ago

i hope nobody ruined it afterwards. it looks SO real

Paul Chang
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6 months ago

This guy should meet Brian Mock.

Dorothy Cloud
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6 months ago

So very real.....beautiful

Richard Papaconstantinou
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6 months ago

Good man. I WAS about to raise the hue and cry calling attention to another bottom-feeding animal trophy-hunter but the guy deserves all the plaudits he deserves. This is how you hunt animals 💙

Pam Hockly
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6 months ago

Never seen anything like it! Well done !!

Kim St
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6 months ago

this is amazing but he should had cleaned up his shit.

Perfumista Perfumista
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6 months ago

That's no bull!

Robert Robi Z
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6 months ago

How did he make the bull horny?

Up All Night
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6 months ago

I think the horns are real.

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Angelique van der Kolk
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6 months ago

WoW..

OTTER
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6 months ago

Wow!!! Love it!! So real in appearance!!

fro_st puppy
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6 months ago

wow that is so good i actually thought it was a bull

Sahara Reddell
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6 months ago

that is just wow i mean there are no words to discribe that

Ryleigh
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6 months ago

Dang!

Louise Stange-Wahl
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6 months ago

Such talent--so sad that is takes one stinking bratty kid (or adult) to destroy all this hard work.

Tod Winkelman
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6 months ago

Simply Amazing!!

Denise McDonald
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6 months ago

Where is this located?

Maureen Peters
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6 months ago

Bull's eye! What an awesome artist you are Andoni Bastarrika!

CR Harvey
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6 months ago

It looks real, right to the curls on the head.

Ralph Spooner
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6 months ago

This is the second or third time I have seen this post on Boredpanda in the last week or so

JustABobcat
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6 months ago

Amazing! He also seems to resemble John Oliver a bit too.

Elaine Mattingly
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6 months ago

Raw talent. Amazing.

Jo Choto
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6 months ago

I cannot conceive that this has been made out of sand.

Michelle MyBell
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6 months ago

Wow! It's texture...just like real hair/fur.

Debbie Celenza
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6 months ago

These sculptures are fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

PKMN Trainer Link
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6 months ago

I'm a Taurus

Jackie Itzkovitz
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6 months ago

In case anyone in Apalachicola gets bored

Puna
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6 months ago

No way are the horns sand.

Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

Its still amazing!

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Karen Kenney
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6 months ago

Amazing!

Pat Mitchell
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6 months ago

WOW

Peachikeen
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6 months ago

That is absolutely gorgeous. True art.

RitaGG
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6 months ago

Holy cow!

O Jackson
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6 months ago

Is that sand or a bull?

Lama Lady
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6 months ago

Wow! The structure! Amazing

Leni Siddiqi
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6 months ago

How absolutely beautiful. The detail!

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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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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months ago

Almost too real. Makes me feel sad.

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desert29rat
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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months ago

Its thought provoking!!

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AllyBug
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6 months ago

Jaws on land!!

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Donna Leske
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6 months ago

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

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thingjummings
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6 months ago

See you later, alligator 😬

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Christopher Bowers
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6 months 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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6 months ago

Our sad reality

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Mileen Lai
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6 months ago

"You're gonna need a bigger boat"

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kitty.boom
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6 months ago

The eyes look realistic and full of emotions

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O Jackson
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6 months ago

How did you get the horns?

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Mileen Lai
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6 months ago

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

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Roadkill The Brave
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6 months 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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6 months ago

so very realistic, just blows me away

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AllyBug
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6 months ago

those fat rolls tho

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Sharon Hyatt
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6 months ago

''The Lion Sleeps Tonight ''

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Jean Wallace
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6 months ago

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

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Lilly Rose Poppy
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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months ago

A poopless dog

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Jean Wallace
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6 months ago

love the texture of it's skin!

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Sarah Brinsfield
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6 months ago

Ooohh nooooocean!

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

Awww beached☹️

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AllyBug
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6 months ago

Need a hand?

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Jace
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6 months ago

Looks dead and rotting.

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Jill Peters
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6 months ago

Cuddley

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Jean Wallace
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6 months ago

even whiskers

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O Jackson
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6 months ago

Ssssssstop staring at me.

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Jean Wallace
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6 months ago

great teeth

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

Another beached whale!🐋🏝😭

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Donna Leske
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6 months ago

It Comes From Deep in the Earth

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Marjolaine Jouany
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6 months ago

Fabulous

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