The best thing about art is that it has no limits!
For Jon Foreman, the world is his canvas. After all, any material he needs is just a walk to the beach away.
Having grown up on the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales, Jon’s happy place is on the sand. It’s also where he creates temporary masterpieces for a project he calls Sculpt The World.
Jon sees his work as a collaboration with nature because he mostly uses objects like rocks, leaves, and driftwood. He also turns broken glass, ashes, and other debris he comes across into beautiful exhibitions. But his all-time favorite is stone because of its surprising versatility.
“There are so many ways of working with stone,” he said. “The color, the size, the shape, the angle it is placed, the direction it faces — endless possibilities.”
Whenever Jon heads to the beach, he goes without an end goal in mind. While he may have a general idea of a pattern he wants to explore, the finished product always depends on what he finds when he gets there. This artist clearly thrives on spontaneity!
This process is therapy to me. The simple act of placing stone upon stone in the sand is very therapeutic. I’m sure we all enjoy a walk on the beach but this process I find to be more immersive; being there in nature, losing myself in the work, having left behind all the stresses of day-to-day life.
Each piece takes about four hours to put together, and because of weather, changing tides, and interference from beachgoers, none of them last. But Jon said that’s another reason he loves creating them so much!
“People often ask if it bothers me that the work has to disappear eventually,” he explained. “To that, I say, ‘Not at all.’ If anything, the fact that it’s short-lived makes it more special to me.”
This artwork is more than visually satisfying! It also represents the practice of mindfulness, or enjoying each moment, which is something all of us would benefit from practicing.
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