The Astonishing Sand Sculptures of Toshihiko Hosaka

For almost twenty years, Toshihiko Hosaka has been using sandboxes and beaches as a canvas for his artworks made of sand. He has mastered the art of carving wet sand, imagining massive creations that seem to defy the laws of physics.

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 three days sculpting a figure of Musashi Miyamoto, which was awarded first place on May 6th. Hosaka depicted the 16th-century expert Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi seated down in a calm position, a sword tucked under his belt.

When Toshihiko Hosaka first discovered sand sculpting in art school he probably didn’t realise it would soon turn into a life-long passion and yet he continues to improve with each new sculpture. Over that time Hosaka has gone on to create some of the most impressive sand sculptures the world’s ever seen, taking the idea of sand art to new heights.

Hosaka doesn’t use any adhesive or any other material to make his sculptures, it’s all purely sand. The one thing he uses is a hardening spray that he puts on the piece once it’s finished. You can see some of Hosaka’s past work on his website. The artist continues to be active in and around Japan.