by Ariadna Zierold
Toshihiko Hosaka‘s work defies what we typically think of as sand art as he sculpts and carves the loose, granular substance as if it were some malleable form of clay. He began making sand sculptures in art school and has been using beaches and sand boxes as his canvas for almost 20 years. There is no core, mold or adhesive ever used throughout the process: just sand. The only trick Hosaka uses is a hardening spray applied to his sculpture only after it’s been completed, in order to prevent wind and sun from eroding it for a few days.