3D Sand Art Interacts with Beachgoers

Arts & Culture

Tightropes, tunnels, and skate bowls created with clever use of perspective

Ross Brooks
  • 8 august 2014

Building a sand castle is the extent of most people’s artistic ability on the beach, but James Harkins, an artist and musician from New Zealand, has taken things to a whole new level. His 3D beach art not only looks great, but has been created so that beach goers can interact with the artwork. Tightropes, tunnels, and skate bowls are some of the scenes on display – but there is something for everyone.

In the same way that people can position themselves just right so that it looks like they are holding the sun, or about to eat an entire building, Harkins’ work makes excellent use of perspective. Some of the highlights include someone high-diving into a tiny pool of water, a group engaged in various water sports, and a skate bowl that defies the laws of physics.

Harkins works out of his studio in Mount Maunganui, NZ, and while his art emcompasses many themes, styles and mediums, it’s his surrealist landscapes, bright colours and treatment of light that have helped him to build a group of keen followers. You can find his email address on Facebook if you’re interested in hiring him for a commission.

James Harkins

[h/t] Abuzeedo

Images by James Harkins

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