A talented land artist from the UK named Jon Foreman has been creating stunning works of art on his local beach using sand and stones. Foreman collects natural materials like stones, pebbles, and shells, and arranges them in mesmerizing swirling patterns to temporarily transform the sandy landscape. Each ephemeral installation will eventually disappear when it’s reclaimed by the earth or washed away by the tide.
Growing up in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Foreman became fascinated by the beautiful coastline and woodlands. Today, he collaborates with nature itself by creating art on the beaches he’s known all his life. Foreman often arrives at his chosen location with an idea of what he wants to create, but his rock formations and sand drawings often take on a life of their own.
Using rocks in different sizes, shapes, and colors, Foreman can spend up to six hours carefully laying out patterns. From swirls and crescents to circles and squares, his work sprawls across the sand in captivating formations that often mimic existing motifs in nature. Some pieces look like the patterns found on shells, and others take on the wave-like patterns of sand ripples.
When he’s not using found objects, Foreman simply draws in the sand. He showcases his epic creations by photographing them from above, standing on a cliff that overlooks the shore. From patterned circular designs to geometric lines, each extraordinary sand drawing appears just like an alternative crop circle.
Foreman’s “Sculpt the World” series can be found on his Instagram account, where he shares his latest land art creations. His work is a testament to the beauty of the natural world and the artistry that can be found in even the simplest materials.