Celebrate Life takes viewers through a magnificent journey of transformation and appreciation using only Sand and Light. Two hands scatter streaks of black sand along a lighted surface. Then the magic and Sands of Time begins. A finger traces a line, a thumb sweeps an area clean just below the line, then a few more finger streaks – in a few graceful motions, a vineyard takes shape, with a seed sprouting roots and vines from below the line of the surface. A touch here and there and leaves appear, then birds, grapes, a glass of wine. A thumb swirl and a few touches create a caterpillar, swiftly replaced by its chrysalis, then both hands sweep away the scenario to create vast butterfly wings in a story of Celebrate Life and transformation.
The beauty in watching these “sand stories” is not merely the fascinating transformation of one shape, or one picture to another. These images seem to be grown not just drawn—Castillo’s hands move in rhythm and balance with each other; there are no clinical movements, only swift and fluid strokes.
Celebrate Life in Sand
Joe Castillo is an artist whose medium is sand, a light table, and a projection screen. We’ve all stood rapt, watching as artists sketched a face or painted a scene from nature before our eyes with a few swift strokes. Mr. Castillo’s work is even more fascinating for being dynamic. His graceful hands trace out not just shapes, but stories. Celebrate Life and watch closely as he works, because the scene transforms second to second, with no time to stop and admire any one thing. But this constant motion adds flow and meaning to the stories he tells, stories created with his audience in mind.
At a retirement community, the artist sketches out a series of figures, the stages of life of a man – crawling, toddling child, energetic youth, mature man, stooping elder – all of which the audience can strongly relate to. Then he sweeps out two ovals, which, with a few pushes of his thumb and pinches of lovingly-shaped sand, swiftly turn into a bow-topped baby girl and an admiring baby boy. See them for a second, then they are transformed into youths, still side-by-side. A few pulls of the fingers and curls of the thumb and the young girl’s hair grows into a woman’s style, round earrings gracing her lobes. The man ages, hairline receding, just before both receive the half-moons of reading glasses. Still shoulder-to-shoulder, the two have obviously traveled through life together. The last touch to the figures is the swift creation of small ridges on the outside shoulders – the fingers of hands, arms around each other. The journey, made in love and companionship, is over, and the artist sweeps it away to begin a new creation.
Joe Castillo creates his sand painting stories specially for each audience, and is happy to share his talent with others in non-profit public performances. A man of many interests and deep spirituality, he seeks to encourage and inspire his audience as much as entertain. The stand paintings and music that accompanies them both transcend any language barriers to lift the heart and nourish the soul.
For a stunning and captivating addition to any occasion, Joe Castillo’s sand animation is irreplaceable. To book unique artist Joe Castillo call 615-283-0039.