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Contemporary Sand Sculpture

Barbara Purchia & E. Ashley Rooney, Foreword by Todd Vander Pluym & Introduction by Kirk Rademaker,

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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!

Size: 7" x 7" | 250+ color images | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354748

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Barbara Purchia and E. Ashley Rooney met at a local corporate dinner. There, they discovered that Barbara had recently retired from a high tech management position, and that Ashley was busy writing books and needing a proofreader. Thus began a friendship and a writing partnership. Together they wrote Fairy Homes and Gardens (2014) and Contemporary Glass Art (2016). Ashley is the author of more than 50 books for Schiffer Publishing, specializing in contemporary art and architecture. Barbara is a stained glass artist working on several commissions.