Summer’s over, the crowds are gone and the beaches are tranquil places to visit once again. And guess what? The sun came out, plus there’s bit a little bit of surf too, so it’s a double whammy. And to top it off surfer, photographer and environmental artist Tony Plant has been making his extraordinary tidal drawings on Newquay’s beaches. The intricate sand art drawings are below the tidal zone so they’re washed away once the tide comes in, deliberately made to disappear, which makes them so captivating and fleeting.
Photos: Mike Searle
After watching him drawing all afternoon on Great Western Beach, I asked him a question he must have been asked a million times, “Why do you do it?” And Tony replied, “Well, why wouldn’t I do it? It seems strange to me that as kids we all draw, we all paint, dig and scratch around in whatever’s in front of us, and then, for some unfathomable reason, a lot of people just stop?? I just never stopped… ” If there was ever a good reason to do something, this is it.
Try to see Tony’s sand drawings if you can because they’re amazing. Go to the greyblackwhite.projects facebook page for information on when Tony’s drawing next and see more of Tony’s work at www.tonyplant.co.uk
Vote for Tony’s film ‘Turn’ in the London Film Festival watch it and click to like. A series of 28, large, beach drawings made along the north Cornwall coast during 2012, drawn, shot and edited by Tony.