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February 28, 2012 5:37 PM   Subscribe

New Zealand artist Peter Donnelly's art hangs in no galleries. His medium is sand, and each work lasts only as long as the incoming tide.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy (8 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oopsers. Second link is not Peter Donnelly. It's actually Jim Denevan.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 5:45 PM on February 28, 2012


Marvelous. I so enjoy Peter Donnelly's creative and interesting play with the reality of impermanence. His thin and graceful body dancing in and out of the geometry adds a balletic element to his artistic creations.

I enjoyed his down to earth telling about various people's reactions to his work too.
posted by nickyskye at 6:10 PM on February 28, 2012


Walking down the beach in Christchurch, a little over a year ago, we found him making one of his lovely designs. Had no idea what was going on, but it was wonderful to watch. Thanks for the extra information!
posted by korej at 6:13 PM on February 28, 2012


Lovely. In San Francisco, Jim Denevan makes similar art in the sand. And Simon Beck does the same in the snow.
posted by twsf at 6:17 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes, twsf, the second link is actually Jim Deneven; an omission which I corrected in the first post. Thanks for the link to Simon Beck. As a skier, this is something which I also find to be quite compelling. On good days, we will trace patterns in fresh powder, when we get the chance, but nothing like that.

His thin and graceful body dancing in and out of the geometry adds a balletic element to his artistic creations.

Absoutively, Nicky. It's an integral part of the process, and it seems that this is something that he must do. While at it, he is also racing the tide, which adds a certain poignancy to his pieces.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 7:09 PM on February 28, 2012


Walking down the beach in Christchurch, a little over a year ago, we found him making one of his lovely designs. Had no idea what was going on, but it was wonderful to watch. Thanks for the extra information!

I'm glad he's still doing this. I don't think I knew his name at the time, but standing on the New Brighton pier and watching him work when I was staying near there in 2005 is one of those little memories that hovers around what, in retrospect, was probably the happiest few months of my life to date.
posted by brennen at 11:09 PM on February 28, 2012


About 40 seconds in I thought I must be watching the "Bad Lip Reading" version... really hard to make out anything that freak is saying, bless his soul.
posted by Meatbomb at 3:30 AM on February 29, 2012


Perfectly un-gibberish to me:
"Wut uz ut?"
"Sairnd!"
posted by arzakh at 5:20 PM on February 29, 2012


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