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Australian sand artist “Edward” uses rakes and his body to make massive, magnificent works of art on the beaches of Victoria. The artist has been compared to Banksy because he prefers to keep his identity hidden so people can view his art and focus on the landscape.
“Edward,” told Daily Mail,
“I don’t disclose my full name because of an ideology expressed by Rumi a Persian Poet: “when you give up being self absorbed, your being becomes a great community.”
The artist begins his creations in the early morning, knowing well that his hard work will be gone once the tide comes in. Last Tuesday, the artist’s latest creation was a face drawn in the sand at Torquay’s back beach. He began his creation at 4 am, and it was only visible to early risers before it was washed away.
Edward said he was inspired by unique art forms like sand art to help reduce waste. It is important for him that people can enjoy his art and the land without causing any waste.
“Regenerative art links eco system to the community, to regenerate eco systems connects us with our planet,” he said. ‘It’s quite simple, use a message in the sand as opposed to a metal billboard and lights which need recycling or dumping, compared to seeing our beautiful environment that washes the sign away and is regenerated, not being depleted.’
Edward’s art gained popularity in January 2020 when he created a piece of a koala climbing a burning tree. He made this sand art during the devastating Black Summer bushfires that burned more than 24 million hectares (59 million acres).
“Each time I do an international artwork people around the world see our land and its beauty and no waste has been created,” he continued, “The artwork itself, within hours all is back to normal. It’s looking beyond sustainability and toward regeneration for our youth.”
Edward says his inspiration comes from being in nature and watching the sunrise and sunset.
“I made a rule to see sunrise and sunset as often as I can in the week, it’s only 16 minutes in total, a small time commitment for a big reward,” he said.
“I draw what I see usually around sunset, a bird a plant a pattern in the sand, the sun, the trees and image that stays with me once I look away from it. It has emotional content if it remains with me. Then I draw that in the dark, 4 am for sunrise with my interpretation of it, and others see what they see in it and it takes on a personal meaning for them. That is art.”
Edward has done some commissions but says he is not seeking fame or fortune. He treats his sand drawings as a mindful and sustainable expression.
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