Once upon a time I was a studio art major. I loved art for its ability to connect the past to the present, by creating works of permanence and beauty. In fact, I’m actually a mathematician for exactly the same reasons, and I often joke that I didn’t change my major so much as I changed my medium.
This might explain why I was so moved by the following artists, for not only are their works grand in scope and beautiful in design, but they’re also deliberately impermanent. They’re sand and snow painters, and their work is wonderful.
Andres Amadora is a San Francisco artists who uses beaches as his canvas, etching his designs with rakes under the light of a full moon:
Jim Denevan is another sand artist who creates geometric artwork both on the beaches of Northern California using a rake, and in the Majove desert using a truck.
Sonja Hinrichsen examines art on the interface of urban and natural environments, and her recent work is designed to illustrate the impermanence of man. These are from Colorado in 2009:
Simon Beck is another snow artist who creates his fractal-inspired pieces with a pair of snow-shoes and several hours of careful hiking. Interestingly enough, Beck got into snow art accidentally: a foot injury prevented him from running, so long snow-hikes were a viable exercising alternative. He just decided to get creative with them.
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.