Sand Art

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to Ocean Beach in San Francisco with a friend of mine to watch one of his sons create an art piece along the edge of the surf at low tide. David’s son, Ian, has been doing this for a while and a local TV crew was there to film him for an upcoming segment.

It was a gorgeous San Francisco day with cobalt blue skies mixed with wispy fog. At times it turned into full-on fog and overcast skies but Ian did not slow down one bit, and the atmosphere made for some spectacular photo opportunities for the proud papa and me.

I was amazed as the piece developed and grew into the size of a football field. Ian created long sweeping arcs in the sand by riding a bicycle and dragging a rake along to sketch out his design. Detail work and broad fill-in strokes were done on foot.

At times he resembled a farmer tending his field or perhaps an ancient soul on the plains of Nazca, carving geoglyphs into the high desert of Peru. In stark contrast to the work of the ancients, Ian’s art is temporary and soon lost to the wind and tides, and trampled under by the feet of passersby.

I think that Ian’s work carries a subtle message for us all. Do your best every day and don’t rest on your laurels, for Tomorrow is another day.

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  16 comments for “Sand Art

  1. October 10, 2017 at 6:03 AM

    wonderful capture… …usually I thing it’s a great challenge to capture ‘art’ on a photo… …but this one is excellent, because it gets its own character

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  2. October 8, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Another great photo, Allan. Super light, nice story – really like the bike.

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    • October 9, 2017 at 7:10 AM

      Thanks, RX. I have a few more from that day that I will get around to editing sometime soon. For the near future I am going to busy myself writing some stories.
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  3. October 8, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Allan, I found silence and tranquility at that beach. It must have been joyful to witness the creation of the sand painting. We have events at our beaches, but they are mostly sculptures. There is something spiritual about image making in the sand and then nature reducing it to nothing.

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    • October 8, 2017 at 1:19 PM

      It is a dramatic way to demonstrate the ebb and flow of life and the tides. This past summer Ian was commissioned to do designs on the beach at a big music festival in SoCal. Every morning he would get up and decorate the coastline along the length of the festival.
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  4. October 7, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    How long did that take to do? It’s an amazing talent.

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    • October 7, 2017 at 5:25 PM

      He started and stopped many times over an hour and a half. It was probably a good 45 minutes if it got condensed into one effort.
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  5. October 6, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    What fun and what a talent! Thanks for sharing a bit of the process and the beautiful result.

    janet

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    • October 7, 2017 at 7:17 AM

      Thank you, Janet. It was a joy to watch him work on the design.
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  6. October 6, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    This is wonderful. Great art and good message too.

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  7. October 6, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Extraordinary! Love the pano header, too.There does seem to a message in his work, Non attachment comes to mind.Thanks for sharing these images.

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    • October 6, 2017 at 10:23 AM

      Thanks and you are welcome, Carol. Did you get any photos of the Blue Angels yesterday?
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  8. October 6, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    I’ve seen you tube videos like this photo. It must have been fun to watch.

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    • October 6, 2017 at 10:23 AM

      That it was, Cee. When we left for the day the Blue Angels treated us to graphic images in the air (it is Fleet Week this week).
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