Temporary forms of sand crafting

Posted on | January 30, 2014

Citizens of San Francisco, California might have come across the art of Andres Amador already. Andres doesn’t paint or sculpt, he prefers a medium that is temporary but absolutely beautiful: a sandy beach at low tide.

He spends hours creating these intricate masterpieces, knowing that the tide will soon come in and wash away his work forever.



Photos: Andres Amador


Sand dominates the work of another artist. Dutch Artist Gijs van Bon creates technology based art. He built a machine called Skryf, which prints a trail of sand behind it to form letters on the ground. It consists of an adapted CNC milling machine on wheels, which the artist controls with a laptop via a simple piece of software he developed. “I can just type in text and it converts it to a code that the machine accepts,” van Bon explains. “It writes letter by letter and in the four hours that I write per day it will write about 160 metres.” In Eindhoven, the Poem written on the urban canvas were written by Merel Morre, the city poet of Eindhoven. Ms. Morre reflects on what is happening now in the city.

Skryf’s carefully-written lines of poetry are destroyed by passersby or the wind almost as quickly as it can write them. Van Bon says that the whole idea behind the project is that the lines of poetry exist only momentarily. “People start walking through it,” he explains. “Once I’ve finished writing, I walk the same way back but it’s all destroyed. It’s ephemeral, it’s just for this moment and afterwards it’s left to the public and to the wind.”

The project is sponsored by MINI.



Photos: Dezeen