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Sprawling Sand Art

Artist Tony Plant Paints Images by Way of Rakes and Granules

— January 31, 2013 — Art & Design
Artist Tony Plant's geometric sand drawings have created remarkable images along coastlines. With a single rake in hand, he produced these large scale swirls and sprawling shapes. As he has been producing similar pieces for over 20 years, this particular project has been produced with acute attention to detail.

It took Plant hours along beach shores to produce this display of art. The biggest obstacle came from the water as it washed the patterns away. The medium that he works with is therefore temporary, distinguishing his productions as fleeting pieces that can only be preserved via photography. While this quality would disturb some designers, Plant has come to terms with it, "I just think of them as non-precious things. Some people get confused about why I do it, when there's nothing left after the tide has washed everything away..."
Trend Themes
1. Geometric Sand Drawings - Opportunity for artists and designers to explore temporary and ephemeral art forms that challenge traditional notions of permanence.
2. Beach Art - Potential for creating unique and eye-catching installations along coastlines, attracting tourists and enhancing beach destinations.
3. Temporary Art - Growing interest in artistic expressions that prioritize the process over permanent outcomes, encouraging new perspectives on artistic creation.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Design - Disruptive innovation opportunity in the art and design industry to explore new mediums, techniques, and perspectives for creating temporary and site-specific artworks.
2. Tourism and Hospitality - Opportunity for beach destinations to incorporate temporary sand art installations as a way to attract visitors, create unique experiences, and enhance their overall tourism offerings.
3. Photography - Rise in demand for professional photography services to capture and document temporary art installations, creating a new niche in the photography industry.
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