American surfer, chef and renowned artist Jim Denevan is a master of monumental temporary illustrations. His works have incredible mathematical designs similar to crop circles, but created with simple tools and some help. We recently showed you Denevan's immense drawings on a frozen Lake Baikal, read on to discover his amazing summer version in sand!
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