Here is what is inspiring me today. The World Beach Project it is an online gallery of art made by all kinds of people. It features stones gathered on beaches from around the globe. The project was devised by artist-in-residence Sue Lawty in association with the always inspiring Victoria & Albert Museum. Building on the experience many of us have of creating patterns on beaches and shorelines, the World Beach Project combines “the simplicity of pattern-making with the complexities of shape, size, color, tone, composition, similarity and difference.” It is open to anybody, anywhere, of any age.
I thought these great pieces of impromptu art were such a nice inspiration for all sorts of garden pebble art, stone work and mosaic projects.
Each is listed with their artist, when and where they were made.
“The beach was dominated by wet, organic shapes, so Oystein wanted a bit of order in chaos and built this piece of sine curves. The never-ending movement. Stones from the beach.”
‘River Wharfe, Barden’
3 September 2009
“I moved the stones about until the image became clear; or, I painstakingly excavated the site until the fossil was exposed; or, I lay on the beach for 200,000 years”
‘North Gare, Hartlepool’
1 September 2009
“With my family as forced labour we set out for North Gare. Not as exotic as some of the beaches but very dramatic.
Wild, windy but not cold we set about our work.
Three adults and four children, we collected blue, black and other coloured stones to make an abstract design that was about us!”
‘Sloc Ruadh, Colonsay’
1 September 2009
“This beach is close to the towns sixth form college, now busy with the autumn term.
This made me think of summer adventures now buried in our memories of countless beaches. Short summer friendships and summer loves, left like broken hearts on the shoreline.
These four hearts, once broken, are now at rest. Are they just waiting for the cold chill of winter and oblivion or perhaps slowly healing and already dreaming of a new spring, a new summer and a new love?”
‘Worbarrow Bay on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site’
28 August 2009
“On the last day of an art holiday, I left my friend painting, and went pebble collecting. I did a collage on the beach with them. It is based on the walls in the nunnery ruins which have large stones of pink granite with smaller stones in between.”
Everyday people creating beautiful landscape art. Have a look, its gorgeous. And if you want to participate at a beach near you, here are the rules.