Surfing in / Beach Art
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’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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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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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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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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Artist Jason deCaires Taylor recently completed work on one of the most surreal and awe-inspiring artificial reefs in Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in an effort to promote the recovery of nearby natural reefs.
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Sculptures by more than 100 artists from around the world will officially go on display on Thursday in Sydney’s annual seaside sculpture park at Bondi.
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“An idea is like a seed, if you feed it then it may grow. It took four hours to make and lived only for the time of the tides.” Jamie Wardley, Finn Varney and 15 Yorkshire artists have collaborated to make the first animated beach sand drawing at Filey, North Yorkshire.
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Groups of young people from three Isle of Wight’s schools visited the “Me and You: 2 years, 4 artists, 8 beaches” exhibition, and showed their responses in the form of their own artwork.