These antique sand art pieces were created in the 1800's by Andrew Clemens, an Iowan artist who as a young child, took ill and as a result lost his hearing and speech abilities. He spent much of his youth around the Pikes Peak State Park at an area called Pictured Rocks. Here the limestone has been pulverized to sand by natural elements and the waters running through the limestone have carried the sands down through minerals, changing the colors to all the shades of Clemen's work. Clemens made each piece with nothing more than a jar and sand and a few handmade tools of his invention and he made many of them upside down, due to the nature of using a bell jar to contain them. His work is so beautiful and once you know the story of how he created them, it's even more amazing. They sold in his day for .50 to a few dollars and now each one is rightfully so, worth thousands.
Seen at The Storque