‘Sand Dancer’, Ephemeral Beach Art by Peter Donnelly
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 : http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3535452n
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,”