Category Archives: Beach Art

Jewels of the Sea: Microscopic Images of Sand Reveal Jaw-Dropping Beauty

grains of sand
“Six Grains of Sand,” Maui. Photograph courtesy of: Dr. Gary Greenberg ©2010.
“The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.”—Dr. Gary Greenberg.


A series of microscopic images have revealed the incredible details of sand and marine fragments from five Indian Ocean destinations.

Macro photographer Harold Taylor created 21 jaw-dropping photos showing what sand from seven different beaches in the Indian Ocean looks like under a microscope…

Read Full Article, Daily Mail

This is what sand looks like under a microscope, Independent UK
Images of the Maldives, Mauritius, and Seychelles tend to show white sand and turquoise waters which can mislead visitors, who might think the beaches are all the same…

A Grain of Sand – Nature’s Secret Wonder, A Book By Dr. Gary Greenberg
Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That’s what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science. Since 2001, Dr. Greenberg focuses his microscopes on common objects, such as grains of sand, flowers, and food. These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times, revealing hidden and unexpected aspects of nature. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history…

The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

Bronx Artist Transforms Discarded Plastic Into Playful Sculptures

Plastic pollution. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Daniel Lanzilotta started collecting plastic on the beaches of southern France, where he lived for several years. While his son played, the Bronx native collected the often tiny fragments of plastic he found in the sand, and soon began pocketing these items and making them into sculptures.

Over the course of several years, as fresh debris washed up on the shore every day, he realized what a huge problem plastic pollution is for the environment…

Read Full Article, Tree Huggers

Here’s How Much Plastic Ends Up In the World’s Oceans,The Time (02-13-2015)
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, it’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline…

Biodegradable Plastics Are as Persistent as Regular Plastics, Study Finds, Yale E360 (03-19-2015)
Plastics designed to degrade don’t break down any faster than their conventional counterparts, according to research published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology…

Plastic pollution: When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care
“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”

2015 Plastic Pollution Coalition Video – Narrated by PPc Notable supporter, actor Jeff Bridges, (09-20-2015)

Stunning Art Exhibition Captures The World Of Plastic Trash Filling Our Oceans

Dead Sea. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


In a traveling exhibit, “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean,” organized by Anchorage Museum and now on display at the USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles, artists shine a light on the collective cost of the individual littering…

“These artworks are testaments to the negative impact of our consumptive practices and reminders of the ongoing damage we subject our natural environment to,” USC Fisher Museum curator Ariadni Liokatis said…

Read Full Article And View Images, Huffington Green

Coastal Care Photo Of The Month: “Action Climate,” A Work Of Art, by HA Schult- March & April 2014
HA Schult was one of the first artists to deal with the ecological imbalances in his work. He is a major contributor to today`s new ecological awareness…

Coastal Care Photo Of The Month: “Art Lost”; By David Kassman – December 2014

Coastal Care Photo Of The Month: Eight Gabions; By Mary Flynn – February 2015

Me and you three; 2 years, 4 artists, 8 beaches, by artists: Judes Crow, Annik Cullinane, Mary Flynn & Gerry Price
For two years, four artists have been making site visits together to coastal locations and visits to eight island beaches, around the Isle of Wight, UK. The result is an eclectic exhibition made cohesive by linking the marine environment to humanity…

Me and you three; 2 years, 4 artists, 8 beaches; PART II, The Students Response…

One Plastic Beach (03-02-2011)
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…

The Wrecking Season, Video
This film follows playwright, beachcomber and lobsterman Nick Darke, onto the beach during one stormy winter and records all his discoveries, tracing everything he finds along the coastline back to its source…

Plastic Pollution: “When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide,” Coastal Care
For more than 50 years, global production and consumption of plastics have continued to rise. An estimated 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 percent increase over 2012, and confirming and upward trend over the past years. In 2008, our global plastic consumption worldwide has been estimated at 260 million tons, and, according to a 2012 report by Global Industry Analysts, plastic consumption is to reach 297.5 million tons by the end of 2015.
Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us, around the world, to such a voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods. However, durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials that are used in the production of so many products all, ultimately, become waste with staying power. Our tremendous attraction to plastic, coupled with an undeniable behavioral propensity of increasingly over-consuming, discarding, littering and thus polluting, has become a combination of lethal nature… — © SAF — Coastal Care

See the Whales Swimming in an Ocean of 70,000 Plastic Water Bottles

Bristol’s whales sculpture is made of willow and 70,000 plastic bottles to highlight threat of plastic pollution to world’s oceans. Photo source: ©© Alan Parkinson
“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”
© SAF — Coastal Care


An art installation project in Bristol, England, is turning the spotlight on the problem of single-use containers…

Read Full Article, TakePart

Whales sculpture marks Bristol as UK’s first European Green Capital, Telegraph UK
Bristol’s whales sculpture is made of willow and 70,000 plastic bottles to highlight threat of plastic pullution to world’s oceans…

Plastic Pollution: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care

Monster Cruise Ships in Venice: An Art Exhibit Censored; Italy

Super-sized cruise ship, Venice, Italy. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Le photographe Berengo Gardin devait présenter vingt-sept photos sur lesquelles on voit les navires de croisière longer la cité des Doges. Le sujet est sensible, et pour éviter toute polémique, le maire a annulé l’événement…

Read Full Article, “Paquebots géants : une exposition censurée à Venise;” Le Figaro

The world acclaimed italian photographer Gianni Berengo’s artwork was about to be featured this Fall at the Palazzo Duccale in Venice. The exhibition titled “Mostri a Venezia”- Monsters in Venice, was to present 27 photographs depicting how giant-sized cruise ships have taken over the famed San Marco’s Basin, Giudecca Canal and Venice’s lagoon and body of water. The photographs were taken during a time period of two years, between 2012 and 2014.

Fearing aggravated controversy about the subject matter, Venice Mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, just decided to cancel the pre-scheduled art exhibition.

Through his artwork series “Mostri a Venezia”, Gianni Berengo was also showcasing the arguably absurd and utterly dangerous tradition of “l’inchino” (the bow, the salute), where large cruise ships are allowed to perilously approach the coasts.

Berengo exhibit has already been presented in Milan, and was supposed to open at the Venitian Palazzo Duccale on September 18th.

The super-sized cruise ships debate is a recurrent controversy in Venice. The venetians fear they are endangering the historical and cultural city patrimony, and have negative impacts on the city fragilized marine ecosystem. Symbol of mass tourism – more than 20 millions tourists visit Venice each year- these vessels also represent a massive source of revenues, as 2 millions tourists flock each year to Venice lagoon aboard these monster cruise ships.

La mostra fotografica sulle grandi navi a Venezia è stata sospesa, Post Italia

Grandi navi, Brugnaro blocca la mostra di Berengo Gardin a Palazzo Ducale, La Nuova

La mostra fotografica sulle grandi navi a Venezia è stata sospesa, Post Italia

Ocean Giants Ban Needed on Italy Coasts: Environmentalists, AFP / Terra Daily (01-17-2012)
The 17-deck cruise ship, Costa Concordia, that capsized smack in the middle of a marine nature reserve off Tuscany shows these ocean giants threaten the coastline and should be banned, Italian environmentalists said. Italian environmental group slammed the “proven and widespread” practice of allowing cruise liners close to shore “to create a picturesque setting both on board and on land…

Big And Risky Salvage Operation: Costa Concordia Cruise Ship To Be Scrapped, CBS News (07-14-2014)
It took one act of incompetence to wreck the Costa Concordia, but it’s taken two and a half years and about $1 billion to get to the point of getting rid of the wreck. The wrecked Italian cruise ship has been successfully raised from the under-sea platform today…

Love Building Sandcastles? This Guy Does It For A Living

Sand sculpture, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac


MTV News spoke to the lead sand sculptor and master instructor at Beach Sand Sculptures company, at Hangout Music Festival, where him and his team were hard at work constructing a fancy sand sculpture — and getting paid to do it. Yep, that’s right, paid to hang out on a beach all day and play in the sand…

Read Full Article, MTV Online News

Sand Man Leaves Giant Labyrinth-Like Circles on Santa Cruz Beaches

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


“The pain is circular, which is to say it never goes away, arcing through Brandon Anderton’s body in long, looping waves. A line of shorebirds watches Anderton, moving methodically across the scrim of sand, as he carves a picture of the pain that has brought him back to the beach…”

The impermanence of his art serves as a reminder to the artist that pain, too, can be impermanent…

Read Full Article, San Jose Mercury News

Polynesian Sun; By JBen, Photo of the Month-April 2015, Coastal Care

The First Animated Beach Drawing Film, By Jamie Wardley (10-16-2010)

Photographer Ray Collins Sees Waves The Way You’ve NEVER Seen Them

Opened shutter. Photo source: ©© Spaceshoe


Leave it to a colorblind coal miner to turn waves into works of art.

Having bought his first camera just eight years ago, Australian photographer Ray Collins has become known for capturing the swells in otherworldly perspective…

View Images and Read Full Article, Huffington Post

Ray Collins Photography

Scarcity Waste: The Syngenta Photography Award 2015

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Through compelling imagery the Syngenta Photography Award aims to draw attention to, and stimulate dialogue around key global challenges.

“The second edition of the Syngenta Photography Award invited photographers to respond to the theme of ‘Scarcity-Waste’ – one of the greatest challenges we face today in a world of increasingly limited resources.”—Syngenta Photography Award

The winners were announced at a ceremony in London, March 10th.

Images selected for the final show include Sudipto Das’s picture of illegal sand mining in West Bengal…

VIEW:“Scarcity Waste,” Online Exhibition

The Syngenta Photography Award, Home Page

Syngenta Photography Award: In Images, BBC News
Other images selected for the final show include Sudipto Das’s picture of illegal sand mining in West Bengal…