Jim Denevan’s Ephemeral Sand Illustrations Briefly Decorate Californian Beaches
Based in Santa Cruz, CA, Denevan’s art brings an appreciation for natural environments and the passage of time. His large-scale drawings have been accomplished on ice, earth, and now sand. Using a rake or a simple driftwood stick, he spends hours on huge and complex geometric patterns that are destined to be washed away with the tides.
Large-scale spirals, circles, straight lines and geometric forms are all part of Denevan’s temporal landscape art.
His unique interest in large-scale art started from an early age; he saw it as a way to deal with his father’s death from Alzheimer’s disease, when he was only five. “To get out everyday and to lose a drawing that’s a mile across every time – it’s a great fight,” he says.
Photos by Jim Denevan
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