Saturday, June 30, 2018

Artist of the day, June 30-July 1: Toshihiko Hosaka, Japanese sand sculptor

Toshihiko Hosaka (1974) is an amazing Japanese artist and sculptor. He graduated in sculpture from the Fine Art Department of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

Now based in Tokyo, Hosaka has gained international recognition for his incredible sand sculptures and participates in sand sculpture competitions around the globe.

There is no core, mold or adhesive ever used throughout the process: just sand. The only trick Hosaka uses (and this is commonly accepted) is a hardening spray applied to his sculpture only after it’s been completed. In the ultimate display of pursuing perfection, Hosaka collaborated with a Japanese chemical company to create his own environmentally friendly Sand Art Glue, that substance he uses to spray on his sculptures once they’re complete in order to prevent wind and sun from eroding it for a few days.

Hosaka competed in the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival along with 22 other international professional sand sculptors. The theme for the contest was “Hero” and Hosaka spent 3 days sculpting a figure of Musashi Miyamoto, which was awarded 1st prize.

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