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Discussion in 'Personal' started by kibosh, Dec 9, 2015.
I'm thinking both.
Amador received a BA in Environmental Science before joining the Peace Corps and then starting a regular career, but it was a visit to Burning Man in 1999 that changed him. He quit his job, and in 2004, in the hours been low and high tide, started doing sand art.
Worthwhile, pointless waste of time, or a stoner?
Do you not mean 'or a sander?'
The phrase "independently wealthy" springs to mind.
Some of the patterns are truly beautiful but you don't spend your life doing that if you are worrying about where your next meal/pair of knickers/sand rake is coming from.
Quotes from the artist:
“So much of how we live our lives is based on fear of the unknown, and death is the ultimate unknown”
“But in the face of the knowledge of our demise, to express one’s spirit and create beauty is the ultimate victory, the ultimate embrace of life”
Funnily enough you chose the one I like least @kibosh
The others are quite beautiful.
If his work gives people pleasure then can it be worthless? And in modern times, when everything is preserved photographically, his work isn't as evanescent as he perhaps thinks it to be.
I love the fact that it's so transient, ultimately lots of art is. Oil paintings can crumble off of their grounds, watercolours fade over years of light, tapestries lose their colour and get eaten by moths and so on. This sand art just lasts less time and is more exciting because of it.
I don't think it's a waste of time.
We used him as inspiration for an Art project 'Patterns in Nature'. They really are detailed, intricate, inspirational pieces, which it is a shame are washed away.
Realised it was the wrong time of year to be studying him- Autumn. In summer I could take children down to the beach and they could make some of their own. Intend them to plan some designs and then go down, make a large grid with 5 x 5 squares and a garden stick and see if they can recreate some next summer!
EDIT- agree with @grumpydogwoman - it's not my favourite in the picture either!
@Lara mfl 05 What a great idea. Hope you follow through with that!
Did we have a Pseud's Corner here or didi I imagine it?
Grumpy and Lara,
It wasn't my favourite either, btw . . . .but it did make me laugh out loud
Pass me a spliff and my dad's credit card.
I'm not so sure that's the case with this guy.
There isn't enough information either way but I'm suspicious he took up this career after he went to a festival.
Reminds me of the sand art done by the Japanese castaway in the film "Hell in the Pacific".
Hopefully will. May depend on the weather of course.
Lots of things that are worthless give people pleasure.
Well, I think the patterns are rather lovely. If they are only lovely for a few hours then so be it.
some more egs I used
love this one and