Ephemeral Sand Drawings on England Beaches by Julian Richardson
British artist Julian Richardson creates spectacular sand art on the beaches of South West England. Since 2013, he has created 45 works of art with geometric patterns which have up to 500ft in diameter.
‘My artistic inspiration comes from a variety of sources – from viewing logos and symbols, to studying the geometric order contained within nature, coupled with numerous hours spent on my drawing board bringing to life the geometric shapes I visualize from within my being.’ the artist states.
To create his sand drawings, Richardson uses a rake to scrape the top layer of the sand, revealing the darker layer from underneath to create the contrast between patterns. He only has a few hours to complete each design before the tides come to erase the creations.
From the ground level, Richardson’s creations have an abstract appearance, but the genuine shape of each design can be appreciated from the height.
Sadly, due to the ephemeral nature of this art, all that remains are the photographs he takes. Below is a small selection of Julian’s sand art but you can see all of his designs on his website.