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Andrew Clemens (1857-1894) was an artist from Dubuque, Iowa but spent most of his life in nearby McGregor. At the age of five Clemens was stricken with encephalitis that left him completely deaf and nearly mute.
At age 13 Clemens began experimenting with sand art, collecting multicolored sands from Iowa’s Pictured Rocks region. He fashioned special tools made from pieces of hickory and fish hooks that he used to arrange the sand in intricate designs. Clemens did not use glue in his artwork, relying on the pressure of the tightly packed surrounding grains to keep his artworks intact. Once an artwork was complete, Clemens would pack the jar tightly and seal it.
Clemens had a remarkable ability to break down images and render it grain by grain with each piece of sand akin to a pixel of a digital image. He is thought to have produced hundreds of bottles during his lifetime but few survive today.
To see more of Andrew Clemen’s fantastic artwork, there’s a Facebook page with a nice collection of images. (twistedsifter.com)

To see more of his creations also click on the highlighted "image copyright" link above.

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patw

I think it's half the fun of Jigidi, quilt65, yes? Thanks for stopping by and commenting again. Reading what folks think about your posts and leaving your own reactions to their puzzles is another part of the pleasure.

quilt65

WOW! Amazing talent. Such patience, too. Our children tried sand art when it was popular and it was very, very, very hard. To do what Mr. Clemens did is just astounding to my eye. Thanks for sharing. Never heard of this man. Something else learned on this site and to google later.

patw

Isn't it! You're quite welcome, trekker.

treker

Amazing! TFP patw

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