Cornwall, UK-based environmental artist Tony Plant uses beaches of England as canvases for impressive large-scale swirling sand drawings. It’s needed a long distance to contemplate the totality of his temporary interventions.
I’m a painter, so the beach drawings are part of my paintings. The beach drawings are very free – you can’t be precious about something that’s going to be gone in a matter of minutes. ‘The Forever’ drawing only lasted for a couple of minutes. It never existed; it was constantly being taken away. And that’s what I’m trying to focus on, the idea that things don’t necessarily last very long. Things are very very fragile. The things that do last forever are stories and conversations, tales of a landscape and tales of an event. The memory of it all, the story of it, that’s the thing that continues.Tony Plant