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The Art of Jim Denevan

Jim Denevan’s large-scale beach drawings emerge from a simple driftwood stick found on-site. Then, Denevan pushes outward from a central point on the beach, improvising with the stick and a selection of rakes, resulting in huge spirals, circles and geometric forms. His art is transient, ephemeral, meant to be trodden over and traced by the feet of passing admirers and surfers.

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Druridge Bay Interactive Panorama: A Visual Art Project, UK

Landscape photographer Mike McFarlane has created a 360-degree virtual tour of Druridge Bay in Northumberland, UK. The amazing panorama is part of a visual arts project commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts that aims to raise awareness of its landscape-scale conservation schemes.

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Sea of Expansion, a Subtly Ironic Reminder of Our Environmental Impact

Julie Brookman‘s work uses photography and glass to explore the dichotomous nature of plastic bags: their unsuspected malleable beauty and staying imperfection, the ease in which they are acquired, and the difficulty in which they are discarded.

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The Last Of the Shells Dyers, Oaxaca Coast, Mexico

Discovering one of the last ancestral Purpura (murex) dyers on the planet, on remote beach on the coast of Oaxaca.

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Sustainable Surf Craft, a Project by Kevin Cunningham

Inspired by the beauty of nature yet distressed by the large amounts of man-made debris in the oceans washing up on the beaches where he rides, surfer and artist Kevin Cunningham, embarked on a series of surfboards making, that reclaim trash that washes up onto the shore. It is a dichotomy between the natural and unnatural.

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Gail Potocki: When Art Explores Mankind’s Relationship to Nature

Gail Potocki’s art explores mankind’s relationship to nature, arguably, the most important issue facing the world today. Gail’s paintings pursue narratives of relationship, and trust, and passionately explore the struggle between human desires and the order of Nature.

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One Plastic Beach

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting plastic debris off one beach in Northern California for over ten years. Each piece of plastic they pick up, comes back to their house where it gets cleaned, categorized and stored before being used for their art.

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The Dance of the Strandbeests

Brilliant kinetic sculptor and artist Theo Jansen builds ‘strandbeests’ from yellow plastic tubing that is readily available in his native Holland. He lets the strandbeests go on the beaches where they move independently with the wind.

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Oceania’s seafaring ancients make journey to Paris

The Quai Branly museum of tribal arts in Paris is hosting what is being billed as the first ever comprehensive exhibition on the Lapita peoples’ artefacts and history. Lapita’s settlements were universally located on beach terraces, or on stilt houses situated over reefs, lagoons, and open sea with direct access to the ocean.

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