Category Archives: Beach Art

Voyage of Discovery : An Art Exhibit Explores Polar Transformations

Waning Albedo. Fiber installation by Banks, Beels and Weiss, Voyage of Discovery.
Artwork from the exhibition “Voyage of Discovery” by Jessica Beels, Michele Banks, and Ellyn Weiss at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, January – May, 2014.
Captions and source: ©© Michele Banks


A new AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) exhibition takes gallery visitors on an imaginary journey to a polar region in the throes of climate change.

Voyage of Discovery, which opened at the AAAS Art Gallery on 21 January, follows a line of receding ice into the darkness of the unknown and reveals what lies below.

The journey is not strictly based on scientific fact but showcases an artistic interpretation of the damage caused by climate change…

WATCH: Voyage of Discovery
Artists Michele Banks, Jessica Beels and Ellyn Weiss discuss their new exhibition and the relationship between scientists and artists.

Read Full Article, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).

Artist and scientist make a natural pair: united, they are an educational force, By Celie Dailey (Uploaded 02-10-2011).

Kenya Turns Flip-Flops Into Art – In Pictures

Photo source: ©© Kekko72


Discarded plastic shoes litter beaches across the world, but environmental project is transforming them into animal ornaments and jewelry…

View Images And Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Ocean Sole Transforms Flip Flops Littering the Shores of the Indian Ocean into Colorful Works of Art, Inhabitots
Established by Julie Church, a marine biologist turned social entrepreneur, Ocean Sole was birthed around 1997 when Church discovered the toxic levels of waste washing ashore on the remote island of Kiwayu. Church encouraged local women to cut and transform the discarded flip flops harming the marine ecosystem into colorful products, rooting her efforts to clean up the beaches with an entrepreneurial endeavor that would work to address rising climate, social and economic issues in the area.
Ocean Sole works with over 100 artisans at their workshops in Nairobi and within the remote coastal areas of the region…

Learn More About Ocean Sole

Plastic Pollution: When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care

The Gyre Expedition: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

Plastic pollution. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


On June 6 through 13, a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers explored remote beaches of Alaska, to assess the impact of debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean. Called the Gyre Expedition, the project was launched by the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Anchorage Museum.

The multidisciplinary team is producing a series of multimedia reportage and mixed-media art that will be showcased in Anchorage and in a touring exhibit, starting in February 2014…

WATCH: Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean,
A National Geographic Video
“A team of artists and scientists assembles for an expedition off the coast of Alaska.
The goal: to create art from the trash they find and raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife.”
In this full-length web exclusive, National Geographic journeys along the remote Alaskan coast … in search of garbage.

Gyre: The Plastic Ocean Exibit, on view at the Anchorage Museum: Feb. 7 through Sept. 6, 2014

Read Full Article, National Geographic

The Gyre Expedition Project, Learn More, National Geographic

“Gyre: The Plastic Ocean,” Anchorage Museum
With stunning visual impact and an astonishing array of ocean trash, internationally recognized artists create works of art for this exhibition from debris collected from beaches around the world. Plastic packaging in a throwaway culture finds its way into our ocean biosphere and then into the hands of artists. Our oceans and beaches are awash in plastic pollution propelled by gyre (rotating ocean currents). The exhibition explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption.

Plastic Pollution: When The Mermaids Cry, The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care

Artists Pay Beach Art tribute to WWII Fallen in Normandy

The Fallen, created by Sand In Your Eye, was setup recently on Arromanches Beach, Normandy, France. The idea was to create a “visual representation of loss on an unimaginable scale.” Photo source: Jaime Wardley/Sand in Your Eye


Hundreds of volunteers have helped to create 9,000 sand drawings on a beach in France to remember those who lost their lives during the D-Day landings.

The art installation called The Fallen, created by Sand in Your Eye, was setup recently on Arromanches Beach, Normandy, France, to depict the bodies of the 9,000 soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the Allied assault on Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944.

The idea was to use the beach itself as the canvas and to create silhouettes in the sand representing the estimated 9,000 Allied and German soldiers, paratroopers, and civilians who lost their lives there on June 6, 1944.

Wardley, artistic director of Sand in Your Eye, said the idea behind The Fallen was to create a “visual representation of loss on an unimaginable scale…”

WATCH: A time lapse from Finn Varney shows how the artwork was produced: BBC Video

Read Full Article and View Video, BBC News

“Artists Pay tribute to WWII fallen in Normandy.” See Pictures, CBS News

Artists’ sand silhouettes depict war dead from Normandy invasion, PRI News

Sand In Your Eye

D-Day’s Legacy Sands, Omaha Beach, By Earle F. McBride and M. Dane Picard
Before dawn on June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops began storming the shores of Normandy, France, in what would be the turning point of World War II. Troops poured out of planes and off ships along an 80-kilometer stretch of coastline. Omaha Beach sand retains evidence of the Invasion…

The First Animated Beach Drawing Film, (Uploaded 10-16-2010)
Jamie Wardley, Finn Varney and 15 Yorkshire artists have collaborated to make the first animated beach sand drawing at Filey, North Yorkshire. It is entitled 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.

From Above and Below : Man and the Sea – in pictures

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


In a stunning new book of photographs, aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, founder of the Good Planet Foundation, and underwater snapper Brian Skerry have teamed up to observe our relationship with the sea. To mark Earth Day, take a dip…

VIEW: Photo Gallery

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Coastal Care’s Picture Of The Month: “Sandbank On The Coast Of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia,”
Sandbank on the coast of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia, is an image courtesy of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, for Coastal Care. Featured on Coastal Care’s, Picture Of The Month, January 2012.

Duke of Lancaster Graffiti Art Ship, In Pictures

The Duke of Lancaster, now concreted in a drydock. It was a railway steamer passenger ship that operated in Europe from 1956 to 1979, and is currently beached near Mostyn Docks, on the River Dee, north-east Wales. Photo source: ©© Nick Cummins


The ship has been docked in Flintshire, north Wales since 1979. Now local art collective DuDug want to transform it into a floating gallery…

View Photo Gallery and Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Tony Plant’s Ethereal Sand Drawing Art

Photograph: © SAF


Sand is a versatile material in art, seen in work such as intricately coloured Tibetan Buddhist sand mandalas.

On another approach is British artist Tony Plant, a sand-painter and photographer who borrows his canvas from nature by using the wet sand of low-lying coastal lands of England as his working surface. His art is deceptively simple but impressive, employing simple tools like garden rakes to create large-scale sand artworks…

Read Full Article, Tree Hugger

WATCH: Tony Plant, Drawings and Videos
“Tony Plant is a time based, environmental artist, photographer and surf creature whose imagination stretches to the far and hidden corners of the coastline” – Surfers Path

South Texas Artist Makes Plastic Pollution Her Medium

Plastic pollution. Photograph: © SAF


“I used to go to the beach to meditate and listen to the waves,” Rogers said. “Now they bring in a plague of plastic, and people need to be aware of the wide range toxic effect of it on our environment.”

Sheila Rogers’ 3-dimensional wall art boxes, and her “Tossed and Found” and “Shoreline Abstraction” photos of plastic debris on beaches, will be part of a 2013 showcase that focuses on proper litter disposal…”One centerpiece of our education program is trying to reduce marine debris.”

Texas State Aquarium is planning an exhibition of Rogers’ plastic trash art to share the message to its 550,000 visitors annually, officials said…

Read Full Article, AP / San Antonio Express

Me and you three; 2 years, 4 artists, 8 beaches, four island of Wight 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. The work communicates experiences of loss and bereavement, conflict between the undeniable beauty of the coast and evidence of decay, thoughts about permanence and transience, and the rythm and inevitability of change.

Me and you three; 2 Years, 4 Artists, 8 Beaches: Part Two
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.