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Artist Creates Such Realistic Sand Sculptures That People Mistake Them For Actual Animals

“I devoted myself to developing this gift and have spent the last 10 years doing just that.’’

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(TMU) – Artists can create amazing art using just about any medium, from ordinary everyday items to a myriad of discarded junk and waste materials. Artist Andoni Bastarrika discovered his medium to be the sand at the beach. While most of the millions of annual beach goers have tried their hand at building a sandcastle or two using plastic spades and buckets at some time in their lives, Bastarrika’s creations are on another level altogether. Using mostly his bare hands, a few basic tools, materials, and sand, he sculpts creatures from the ocean and land who seem to have just washed out on the shore.

 

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Bastarrika’s created his first sand sculpture while at the beach in 2010 with his daughters and he made a little mermaid for them. That was when his artistic journey started and he discovered his gift while working on the mermaid, the ‘fluidity’ of his hands, working with the sand. “They knew what they were doing,” he told a social media outlet. “I devoted myself to developing this gift and have spent the last 10 years doing just that.’’

 

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Bastarrika elaborated on the Facebook page: “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.”

 

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For Bastarrika, one of the main reasons he loves the sand, and he has many, is how the tiny particles stick together, forming a union. He believes that humans should behave like the damp sand, saying, “To create a beautiful world, we should all embrace each other just as tightly.”

“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,” he explained, adding that humans can learn a lot from the wisdom of animals, they are born naked and stay that way until they die, whereas humans cover up and ‘overdress’. Their nudity is a symbol of freedom to Bastarrika and he aims to never create animals with necklaces or chains, saying ‘’I prefer to embrace their freedom, power, and wisdom through beauty rather than a form of suffering.”

 

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To create his sculptures, Bastarrika shapes piles of moist sand with his hands to find the animal’s movement and expression then he’ll add detail with a sharp stick or feather to highlight the features. Sometimes he’ll add color with ash and coal, clay and stone powders and use pieces of glass and other found items for detail.

A large sculpture like the elephant could take two days to create, the horse and bison about 12 hours each and smaller ones such as the dogs around six to eight hours.

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Nirvana Sued by Baby on ‘Nevermind’ Cover, Who Alleges He Was ‘Sexual Exploitation’ Victim

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The man who was depicted naked underwater as an infant in Nirvana’s iconic 1991 album “Nevermind” has sued the band, alleging that he was a victim of child pornography.

The lawsuit is likely to be a longshot, considering that non-sexualized photographs of infants aren’t considered child pornography by law.

However, Elden – whose penis was exposed in the image – argues that the image is tantamount to sexual abuse and exploitation. His lawyer, Robert Y. Lewis, claims that the fact that he appears to be chasing the dollar makes him appear to be “like a sex worker.”

Elden now launched legal action against the band’s surviving members and the estate of late frontman Kurt Cobain, whose executor is Courtney Love.

The lawsuit states: “The permanent harm he has proximately suffered includes but is not limited to extreme and permanent emotional distress with physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and educational progress, lifelong loss of income earning capacity, loss of past and future wages, past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses to be described and proven at trial of this matter.”

The lawsuit, whose documents were seen by TMZ and Pitchfork, further argues that Elden has suffered “lifelong damages” and that members of Nirvana “knowingly benefitted from their participation” in his “commercial sexual exploitation.”

Continuing, the suit argues that neither he nor his parents authorized “the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness, and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him.”

The child ended up on the album cover after photographer Kirk Weddle convinced his father to allow it. The photos were taken at an Olympic size pool at the Pasadena Aquatic Center in California in 1992.

The family was paid $250 for the image, Entertainment Weekly reported at the time.

Elden had seemingly lived much of his life proud of his association with the album and has since recreated the image as an adult and even gotten the logo for “Nevermind” tattooed on his chest.

Since then, however, he has vocally complained of his relationship to the album.

Speaking to GQ Australia in 2016, he said:

“Recently I’ve been thinking, ‘What if I wasn’t OK with my freaking penis being shown to everybody?’ I didn’t really have a choice.”

He also claims that women have dumped him after finding out that he wasn’t earning royalties from the hit album, whose tracks have spent an enormous amount of time at the top of sales charts.

However, in a 2015 interview he also claimed to have greatly benefited from the image.

“It is a weird thing to get my head around, being part of such a culturally iconic image,” he said in an interview with the Guardian.

“But it’s always been a positive thing and opened doors for me. I’m 23 now and an artist, and this story gave me an opportunity to work with Shepard Fairey for five years, which was an awesome experience,” he added, referring to the Obey designer. “He is a huge music connoisseur: when he heard I was the Nirvana baby, he thought that was really cool.”

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Neptune, the Roman God of Water, ‘Emerges’ From Waves in Photo During UK Storm

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If we were to believe our eyes, it would seem that the ancient Roman god of water himself made an appearance on the shores of New Haven, England, on a day of especially rough surf.

What appears to be the “face” of Neptune was captured on Tuesday when photographer Jeff Overs of the BBC was taking photos of waves crashing over the harbor wall in the port city.

Of course, one is free to believe that the ferocious deity emanated from the depths of the sea to remind us puny humans of his wrath.

But alas, it was likely a simple example of pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces and figures in otherwise random or ambiguous everyday objects.

The photographer snapped the shot amid high tide and winds exceeding 50 miles per hour (80km/h), namely because of the violent nature of the shore.

“It’s become a popular location for photographers because the sea ‘boils’ in high wind against the sea wall,” Overs explained.

“The waves splash into the high wind and when blown back occasionally make patterns that look like ghoulish faces.”

Overs added that one of the small foreground waves even resembles a hand – albeit a pareidolic one.

“It’s a straight shot and I haven’t manipulated the image at all,” he added.

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Bill Cosby’s Release From Prison Prompts Strong Mixed Reactions from Hollywood

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The shock overturning of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction elicited a range of mixed reactions on Wednesday, with some greeting the release of the 83-year-old comedian and others sharply denouncing it.

On Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ordered Cosby to be freed from prison after overturning his 2018 conviction for aggravated indecent assault.

One of the first to greet the news was Phylicia Rashad, Cosby’s co-star on The Cosby Show who played Clair Huxtable, the wife of Cosby’s iconic character Cliff Huxtable. In a Twitter post that was sent out minutes after the initial report, Rashad was ecstatic.

“Finally!!!!” she tweeted. “A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”

Following a backlash from Twitter users, she later tweeted:

“I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.”

Attorney Lisa Banks, who has represented a number of prominent clients in sexual harassment and abuse cases, offered her own take on the release in an interview.

“Certainly the optics of this are terrible,” Banks said. “But the message has to be very clear and simple — that this was a mistake by prosecutors, a very unusual one and a technicality that is unlikely to happen again.”

Talk show host and Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera blamed “mob” justice for Cosby’s conviction in his own Twitter post.

“Told you so on Bill Cosby,” Rivera wrote. “He was convicted by a court so tainted by public opinion and social pressure that it allowed obviously prejudicial evidence and improper witnesses. He may be a bad guy, but in this case, he was railroaded by the mob.”

However, a number of female celebrities expressed their disturbance and anger over the “sickening” release of Cosby.

“I know many young women and men who are so afraid to press charges against their rapist and Re traumatize themselves I am heartbroken today to hear of the news of Cosby’s release,” tweeted actress Rosanna Arquette. “This is sickening. My heart is with my sister survivors. We have work to do.”

While comedian Kathy Griffin said that the release sent the wrong signal to women suffering sexual abuse, asking: “WHEN will things get better for women and girls regarding sexual assault, sexism, misogyny, and ageism? What will it take? So discouraged.”

Rapper Ice T posted a photoshopped image of a yoked out Bill Cosby covered in tattoos and posing with the caption: “SMH…

50 Cent threw caution and nuance to the wind in outright celebrating Cosby’s release, referring to the elderly actor’s critics as hoe’s in a since-deleted Instagram post of a Jell-O pudding pops ad with the caption:  “My son Bill beat that case, These hoe’s be tripping. LOL check out FOR LIFE on IMDb Tv now!”

Meanwhile, Indiana hip hop artist Freddie Gibbs kept his message simple, noting that accused sex trafficker and R&B star R. Kelly would be “definitely calling Bill Cosby lawyers right now.”

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