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Contemporary Sand Sculpture - Purchia / Rooney

Contemporary Sand Sculpture

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2018
ISBN: 9780764354748
Number Of Pages: 160

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Part performance art and part engineering, sand sculpture has become amazingly sophisticated as artists explore the boundaries of their skill with sand as a medium. Within a very short time, a sculptor can create an awesome, thought-provoking experience that will completely vanish after a few weeks.

The photographs are all that's left. Barbara Purchia and E. Ashley Rooney take you on a round-the-world tour of sandscapes showcasing a dazzling array of sculptural figures, forms, and styles. Behind-the-scenes interviews with the sand masters reveal what motivates them and how they approach their art.

Todd Vander Pluym, the world's premier sand artist and president of Sand Sculptors International (SSI), shares a contemporary history of sand sculpture, and renowned international sculptor Kirk Rademaker describes how he built a new life around this ephemeral medium. The images of these art pieces will have you wanting to stick your toes in the sand!

Book Features:

  • A tour of the world's most astonishing sand sculptures and interviews with the artists
  • Showcases the work of more than 35 international sand masters
  • Includes an essay on the fascinating contemporary history of sand sculpture by a leading practitioner
  • 250 colour images


About the Author

Barbara Purchia and E. Ashley Rooney wrote Fairy Homes and Gardens (2014) and Glass Art: 112 Contemporary Artists (2016).

Ashley is the author of many books for Schiffer Publishing, specialising in contemporary art and architecture. Barbara is working on several stained glass art commissions.

Industry Reviews

"The authors take you on a round-the-world tour of sandscapes, showcasing an endless array of sculptural figure, forms and styles ... Everyone of the 160 pages reveals a dramatic sandscape, encouraging you to stick your toes in the sand." - David Aldous Cook, The Trader, September 2018

ISBN: 9780764354748
ISBN-10: 0764354744
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 2018
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 17.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.59

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