In a mix of artistry, geometry, and technology, San Francisco-based Earthscape artist Andres Amador creates massive sketches in the beach sand – sometimes geometric, and sometimes more abstract and serendipitous – using rakes and ropes. The designs are temporary; where the waves don’t wash away his work, walking beach visitors and the wind will naturally muddy and dissolve the precise lines.
Amador has become keenly aware of how impermanent his work is, and has embraced nature’s tidal rhythm, starting one hour before low tide and continuing to work until an hour afterward. In this KQED Arts video, he explains:
People are really… they’re enthralled that i would do something that is destined to wash away. That really strikes a chord with people because really, truly, it’s the story of our lives. Our lives are impermanent, and the tide is unstoppable.
And though this art form is tied directly to nature, Amador makes great use of modern technology. The designs can be both checked and appreciated-in-full from high above the beach using a remote controlled helicopter.
From the BBC’s Ocean Giants documentary, watch this incredible clip to hear the extraordinary and mysterious song of the Humpback Whale. Why do they sing (or hum)? Does it serve a purpose? Are they making music for pleasure? Are they talking?
What does it look like when a car splashes a huge wave of water out of a puddle in slow motion? We’re about to find out: Slow Mo GuysGav and Dan got together with race car driver Ken Gushi, a car, and a massive puddle of water to film a Huge Puddle Splash at 2500fps. And no, they didn’t wait for a warm day to do it.
To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.
Make sure that you watch this full-screen, HD actual size. The detail is incredible.
Inspired by the water and brush calligraphy of older artists in his local Beijing parks, Hanna converted a Beijing tricycle, called a san lun che, to digitally “paint” (or more accurately drip) Chinese characters onto the sidewalk. The characters write out Dongcheng District Propaganda phrases that are on banners and housing developments in the district.
The trike would catch quite a bit of attention in the streets, as seen in these two 2011 videos by Jonah Kessel. According to Kessel, the tricycle drips:
营造 未成年人健康成长的良好环境 Create a good environment for minors to grow up healthy
文明从脚下起步 奉献从身边做起 Civilization comes from every individual, to contribute from every little thing
树文明新风 做文明市民 Be a civilized citizen and build a civilized new atmosphere for constructing s cultured and civilized city
共建文明城区 共享美好家园 Build a civilized city for everyone to share a beautiful home altogether
做文明有礼北京人 建和谐魅力新东城 Be civilized and polite Beijingers, to build a harmonious charm new Dong Cheng district together
美德贵在坚持 文明重在行动 Virtue shows through long term persistence, civilization reflects by actions
和谐东城 你我共建 Harmonious Dong Cheng District constructed by you and me
建全国文明城区 做东城文明市民 Constructs the national civilized district, to be the civilized citizen of Dong Cheng District
The project was first shown at Beijing Design Week in 2011. Hanna now lives in Los Angeles where he works as an artist and designer.