A Little Sand + A Little Light = A Wonderful World
Joe Castillo, the foremost sand artist in the world, dazzles Mike Huckabee viewers with his newest creation. With Kenny G.’s version of the classic song, What a Wonderful World, playing in the background, Castillo illustrates the lyrics as he swirls sand across a sand box. Projected onto a screen, viewers engage with the song from beginning to end, captivated by Castillo’s ever-changing pictures as they morph from one element into another. The soft, colored lights of his light board enhance the images of the sun, moon, flowers, and rainbow.
Joe Castillo proves that not all artistic masterpieces take years and years to create. In a matter of just minutes, Castillo fluidly creates stunningly beautiful and moving pieces of artwork without ever lifting a paintbrush or pencil. Castillo’s unique medium of sand spread gracefully over a lightboard has been captivating audiences all over the world for the past several years. He invented this art form known as Sand Story, Sand Painting, and Sand Animation about ten years ago. This unique talent catapulted him to the finals of America’s Got Talent in 2012 where he enchanted judges and viewers alike.
Castillo creates masterpieces by bringing any story or subject to life. His hands move sand into position, drop more where it is needed, and, using his fingers as brushes, tell a story with a fluidity that leaves one breathless. When the animation ends and the sand is dispersed, Castillo gives the impression of blowing sand. It waits for the next breeze of his hands to send it swirling into the new patterns and images of the next story.
Joe Castillo is, however, much more than your run-of-the mill artist. While he does create breathtaking images as any artist does, he uses these ever-changing images to tell a story. He has been combining his talents as a storyteller and skills as an artist for decades. He strives to create inspiring and motivational performances with his artwork, and he continues to tour and perform. He’s been seen in over 40 countries and all seven continents. While language barriers are often an issue for storytellers who tour the world, his medium, as you will clearly see in the video of What a Wonderful World, transcends language and unifies international audiences in its ever changing beauty.
As unforgettable as it is ephemeral, Castillo’s Sand Story art will delight audiences of all ages. Let him take your story and message and transform them into a presentation that will leave a lasting impression on this wonderful world.
Originally posted 2014-03-21 06:10:04.