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Tony's artistic beach patterns are meant to be washed away...

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 10, 2012

  • Tony Plant creates his beautiful sculptures on the beach at Newquay by working with a simple stick and a rake

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These amazing shapes were etched into sand by a man using nothing but a rake and his own ingenuity.

Artist Tony Plant created the hypnotic swirling patterns on a beach in Newquay, Cornwall, with an old garden rake.

Mr Plant, 49, from Newquay in Cornwall, makes the beautiful patterns often in front of hundreds of onlookers in between the tides.

He said: "The sand was quite soft and my legs are shattered. It took three hours.

"I think of them kind of like sun spots I'm doing a set of 12 up the coastline. They will disappear and there will only be a series of photos left. I'm dictated by the tides – they control my work."

Unlike the swirling patterns that appear every summer in crop fields, there is no doubt this beautiful artwork was made by man.

Mr Plant added: "The scale is irrelevant – I can fill any beach of any side. Comparisons to crop circles crops up quite a lot, especially when I do beach drawings on quite more deserted places.

"I just think of them as non-precious things. Some people get confused about why I do it, when there's nothing left after the tide has washed everything away, but I just see it as a new blank canvas for me to work with."

Mr Plant creates timelapse videos of his work including outdoor installations, and posts them on his website www.tonyplant.co.uk

One of his videos, Turn, has been entered into the London Surf Film Festival.

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  • Phil_lip  |  September 10 2012, 10:32AM

    Always amazing to see what Tony will come up with next, good luck in the festival.

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