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Sand artist-storyteller’s creations are memorable but don’t last

Joe Castillo re-creates sand art that he recently did for Toyota’s Diversity Day, at his home in Richmond, Ky. Castillo gained national notoriety for his sand art after appearing this summer on “America’s Got Talent.”
Photographer: Tim Webb/Lexington Herald-Leader
Joe Castillo re-creates sand art that he recently did for Toyota’s Diversity Day, at his home in Richmond, Ky. Castillo gained national notoriety for his sand art after appearing this summer on “America’s Got Talent.”
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The volcanic sand that Joe Castillo works with is dark and fine, like a black talcum powder that glides over the light screen and produces image after image. It shimmers over the light box at Castillo’s house, as his fingers whirl through swooshes and stipples and lines that ultimately take shape as the Virgin Mary. Before he gained national exposure by appearing on “America’s Got Talent” last summer, Castillo had already been making a living ...

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