Andres Amador is a San Francisco-based computer technician turned artist who is dedicated to creating stunning sand art for the past 16 years.
Amador’s works are gigantic, sometimes spanning over 100,000 feet. However, they are also short-lived, which makes them even more special. As soon as the tide comes, the artwork is gone, and only a photograph of it remains as the only reminder that it existed.
Everything started when Amador was in the middle of studying crop circle reconstructions. He was explaining the process to his girlfriend during one beach walk and used a stick to draw patterns on the sand.
It was then that he realized that beach sand could be used as a perfect canvas for huge designs.
Amador made his first sand artwork in 2004 on Ocean Beach in San Francisco and created hundreds more on beaches around the world, including the United States, Mexico, and the French coast. Each piece takes up to two hours to create with a rake-like tool, with its lifespan ranging from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours.
“If I can inspire others, I hope that I can offer the message that the path is more important than the destination — that the journey should be the focus,” says Amador about his art. “When one is experiencing joy, then the world also receives that joy. And the world can always use more joy.”
Check out more of Amador’s creations below.