I couldn’t decide on which of two things to do for today’s Saturday Surprise: balloons or sand. So, I decided to give you a taste of both!
Andoni Bastarrika discovered his talent ten years ago, in the summer of 2010 while at the beach with his two daughters. He was playing around, trying to sculpt from sand a little mermaid for his girls, when he discovered he had a gift for sculpting with sand, a unique fluidity of his hands. Says Bastarrika …
“They knew what they were doing. I devoted myself to developing this gift and have spent the last 10 years doing just that. The sand fascinates me because no matter how you look at it, it will always teach you things if you are willing to learn. 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.”
“The time it takes to create one piece largely depends on its size. 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.”
“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. Humans can reflect and learn from them.”
Now, those of you who say you’re bored these days, being confined to quarters with nothing much to do, here’s something for you to spend some time on … balloon art! We’ve all been to a fair or street carnival where there’s a man blowing up narrow balloons and turning them into rather simplistic dogs, or other critters, but Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto has taken balloon art to a whole new level.
Like the sand artist Bastarrika, Mr. Matsumoto has been perfecting his craft for about ten years now.
“My creations are one hundred percent balloon-only. I don’t use any adhesive, marker pens, or anything else.”
“A lot of my work revolves around nature because I’ve been fascinated with it since I was very young.”
Matsumoto says his sculptures aren’t products of spontaneity; they’re the offspring of careful and deliberate planning. Once he’s done designing a particular piece, Matsumoto usually spends 2-5 hours blowing and twisting the balloons.
Okay, folks, get some balloons and let’s see what you can do! I’ll feature any and all pictures that you guys send me … c’mon … you can do it!
Okay, friends, time for you to get to those weekend chores … mowing the yard, and after all of last week’s rain, the gutters probably need cleaning! Whatever you do this weekend, keep safe and find time to enjoy life.