Joe Mangrum has spent the last eight years scattering sand around the streets of New York. No, he’s not a litterbug, he’s a sand artist. He draws intricate geometric shapes by hand using brightly colored sand. Sand being sand, his works last a day at most, less if it’s windy or if it rains. His installations strongly resemble Buddhist mandalas but the unexpected mix of geometry and biological elements give it a unique look. Joe said that his ‘paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, and cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world’.
Andres Amador works out of the wide beaches of San Francisco. When asked why he prefers to create his art on sand, Andres answers: “Working with this medium, there is no mess to clean up, nothing to put away or store. The ocean prepares a fresh canvas daily.”. He understands that the beach is not a very reliable canvas and that the art he creates will be washed away by the tide, but he loves the enormous space the shore offers. According to him ‘simply being on the shore erases everything else around me’.