When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

29 April 2008

A pointy stick and an idea

An artistic Good Samaritan pointed me to Jim Denevan's site:
Jim Denevan makes freehand drawings in sand. At low tide on wide beaches Jim searches the shore for a wave tossed stick. After finding a good stick and composing himself in the near and far environment Jim draws-- laboring up to 7 hours and walking as many as 30 miles. The resulting sand drawing is made entirely freehand w/ no measuring aids whatsoever. From the ground, these drawn environments are experienced as places. Places to explore and be, and to see relation and distance. For a time these tangible specific places exist in the indeterminate environment of ocean shore. From high above the marks are seen as isolated phenomena, much like clouds, rivers or buildings. Soon after Jim's motions and marks are completed water moves over and through, leaving nothing.
I'm still getting over the fact that the man just walks out on the beach with a pointy stick in his hand and an idea in his head and makes beautiful, large-scale art... that is destined to go away at high tide.

I'd like to grab a copy of every photo on his site and post them here, but that would be rude, and also it would deprive you of the fun of checking them out yourself.

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