I love sand. It goes together with sun and gentle breeze and whispering waves. But apart from being blended in a magnificent scenery, there are so many ways it is used for creation of artworks. With Sand Sign, we incorporate emotional messages into the landscape, but just take a look at how this material transforms into a means of artistic expression.
These stunning landscape art drawings will simply take your breath away. Andres Amador, the world recognized sand artist uses sand as a canvas and rake as a brush to create short-living, yet stunning drawings that vary from simple sketches to commercial advertising and marriage proposals.
Sand Drawings by Andres Amador
Sand is very plastic. Just pour a little water to make it more solid and go ahead carving it like marble.
There are multiple Sand Sculpture festivals all over the world that bring artists together for a contest. I guess it is a lot of fun walking through sand castles and palaces, watching real-size sand animals or sand kings and queens.
Those are found in many cultures, including Indian American tribes that created sand paintings for the purpose of healing, especially in the Navajo Tribe. Buddists make special mandalas, i.e. sacred art pieces in Tantra, colorful geometric features that represents the universe. There are also modern artists like Joe Mangrum who create bright and funky sand paintings on the streets of New York, which proves that art ideas go through centuries, get transform, but live through generations.
Sand paintings by Joe Mangrum
Sand art bottles are popular beach souvenirs, but how in the world do they make them? I thought such exclusive ornaments require a lot of time, until I saw a beach boy making the most precise piece in around one hour. I guess it requires a lot of skills. And patience for training, of course.
With some good imagination and perfect artistic sense sand is able to bring stories to live. Performed in real time, sand animation follows the music and flies you from continent to continent telling stories you never heard. Take a look at how characters become live in works by Ksenia Semenova
Sand Animation by Ksenia Semenova