Artist Andres Amador has been at it again, carving intricate artworks in the sand – only for them to be washed away by the sea just hours later.
‘Once on the beach I generally give myself two hours to work. For more ambitious designs I’ll bring together friends and fans to help me.’
The American artist has been creating a series of new designs, spending hours painstakingly carving giant doodles on the beach, some spanning a massive 300 by 500 foot.
He uses Google Earth to pick out the best beaches for his designs. He then patiently waits for a full moon to make sure tides are low enough for him to complete his design before it is washed away by the sea.
Race against the tide: Andres Amador has just hours to draw out his designs on the sand before they are washed away by the sea
Disappearing again: Andres Amador’s creation is gradually washed away – but the artist does not mind his work vanishing at the end of each day
He said: ‘One day while on the beach and was explaining aspects of geometry to a friend, creating circles and triangles on the beach.
‘It was then that it occurred to me that I could do these designs in the sand, that their size could be virtually unlimited and that the most perfect beach to work on was near to my home in San Francisco.
‘My designs are inspired by patterns in nature, such as ripples in water, cracks in mud.
Stretch canvas: Some of artist Andres Amador’s creations span up to 300 by 500 foot, covering great swathes of the beach near his home in San Francisco
Making tracks: Andres Amador designs his works in a sketchbook, before calculating how best to get his designs on the shore
Intricate geometric designs: Mr Amador’s designs are inspired by crop circles that appear in fields in the UK
Inspired by nature: Andres Amador’s designs are in keeping with their surroundings along the coast near San Francisco
Simplicity: The designs carved in the sand range from intricate patterns to simple, striking images
Best of the rest: Mr Amador has been using the beach as his canvas for the last 12 years. This is one of his designs from 2009
Sand man: The artist’s designs cover great swathes of beach near San Francisco, to be glimpsed by passersby for just a few hours before they disappear again
‘Some designs can take years to develop whereas there have been other times when I’ve sketched a possible design on the way to the beach.
Andres said he didn’t mind that the sea washed away all his hard work; it simply wiped the slate clean for him to create a new design the following day.
The transient nature on Andres’ beach art makes them even more beautiful. However, if you’d like a permanent reminder of his stunning creations you can buy the prints from his website.
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via Daily Mail.