Gallery: sand artist Simon Beck creates 100th display on beach
PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 May 2019
An artist created an enormous display of swirling shapes, which sprang to life on a Somerset beach before being reclaimed by the sea, on Monday.
Sand and snow artist, Simon Beck created the impressive display on Brean beach in 11 hours with just an hour to spare before the tide came in.
He said: "Conditions were not ideal, it was rather cold, the beach took a while to dry and there was a lot of seaweed to clear which took about three hours.
"I was pleased with the result but in hindsight I could have attempted a slightly more ambitious design, but decided to err on the side of caution."
The drawing was technically the 60-year-old artist's 100th on Brean beach, although he admitted the number included a 'few failures'.
He said: "It's number 100, which is a landmark - then again it depends on whether one counts a few failures; a few were lost when it rained and removed the drawing, but provided it's nearly complete and I get photos then it still counts.
"It would have been nice to make a special drawing for number 100 and had considered making Guernica, planned for the anniversary of the D-day landings, number 100, but that would have meant not being able to draw during the whole of May, so in the end I did what you see.
"The beach is the world's best sand drawing arena as far as I know, because the sea recedes quickly, there is a very large area for drawing, and there is the cliff and steps to the top for taking photos.
Simon, who lives in Taunton, said sand was easier to work with than snow.
He said: "Sand is a lot easier because it is possible to walk on the drawing area and do the measuring without making a mark, and lines can be rubbed out by "washing" the surface of the sand, whereas with snow no line can be rubbed out."
"Provided I have good photos, then the job is done,
"Afterwards I usually sit on the cliff top and wait for the sea to start washing it away, then if it's a warm day, I go for a paddle or even a swim.
"Seeing it get washed away by an unexpected shower is really disappointing though.
"I'm not trying to make too many drawings in a too-short a time, so there isn't the temptation to push one's luck with the weather."