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‘Sand Dancer’, Ephemeral Beach Art by Peter Donnelly

May 16, 2009

I came across this remarkable sand artist today on Current.Com ( one of my favorite sites!) The artist is Peter Donnelly and he has been creating these beautiful masterpieces on beaches for over 10 years,  with hundreds of individual works completed.

Here’s another  video of the artist in action with more insight about his creative process :

As the tide rolled in and began to wash away his work, Peter said-

This is the beautiful moment. It’s symmetry, a symmetry . . . it’s finished now, it’s born, it’s had its life, and it wants to go.
And the ephemeral nature of it, you know, the — the fact that it is a gift to the universe and it’s a gift to that ocean which — you know, who knows what the ocean can take from what I say and what I give to it. You know?

Phil(Interviewer) “It’s almost like a dance, it’s like you’re really connecting with where you are, like you’re really engrossed in the moment,”
Peter(Artist) “You’ve got to go through that . . . as an artist. There’s a healing aspect. I love this to be a healing, like, a love expression. . . I get emotional about it sometimes,”

…CBS Full article


9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2009 4:28 pm

    Without money or tools an artist will create because the soul demands it.

  2. Rioghann permalink
    November 1, 2009 2:03 am

    Hi Leah,
    I just want you to know that I am a friend of Peters, and have been for over 20 years, in fact i rang him to say there have been a few blogs written about him on the web, He is far from being web savvy… at the moment there is a lady Valerie Reid, whom is writing a script for a movie either based on peters life, or written as fictional movie, kind of unrelated. would love some feedback or just to chat. my facebook page is Rioghann Crofts.

    Pete is coming up very close to doing his 1000th sand art. he is currently up to # 988 as done today, being 1-11-09 thats 1st nov-09, anyway i hope u don’t mind me contacting you.
    reply would be great please
    I have also left you a message on yahoo messenger
    Blessed Be

  3. January 13, 2010 1:26 am

    Just creating a group in facebooks community to allow others world wide to visually see the great works both past and present, He has now completed over 1000 works on the sand

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  5. January 13, 2010 6:16 am

    Sand dancer is still screening in America, on a regular basis, next screening is Jan 2010 in Norwalk Connecticut USA

    I have subscribed to your site now Leah, so I hope to keep you better informed Of Peters work, if you wish .

  6. January 13, 2010 9:28 am

    That would be great, i really enjoy his work. 🙂
    Is there any place online i could check out where screenings are being held?

  7. January 13, 2010 4:53 pm

    Yes, You could send nzdoc a querie, shes on youtube, she is the director of the ‘sand dancer’ her name is Valerie reid, you could mention me as Riegan Crofts, friend of Petes. she will know who you are talking about, ask her for the screenings. I am certain she will give you the info.
    Have you seen the latest one, called “sand man”? u can view it on my group.
    I am also communicating with an art director, music producer, motivational speaker, in san francisco, This guy wants to get Peter to the states to do his art on the beach of San Fran, and Los Angeles, and then afterwards a meet the artist interview, media presentation, and questions/ answers event at an upmarket events centre…
    fingers crossed

  8. January 13, 2010 4:55 pm

    I am hoping to twist Petes arm, to get some photos of his art he does at home as well…
    as well as some of his poetry…
    he really is an awesome man

  9. September 5, 2010 11:18 am

    Wow, it is true, art is in the eye of the beholder and he has created something different that is for sure!

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