Nonprofit journalism dedicated to creating a Human Age we actually want to live in.

Note: This article is from Conservation Magazine, the precursor to Anthropocene Magazine. The full 14-year Conservation Magazine archive is now available here.

Fleeting Beauty

June 10, 2013

Jim Denevan’s large-scale sand art makes a big visual impact—not an environmental one. Denevan often walks miles to create a single drawing. That it will get washed away by the next tide is part of its beauty and appeal; it’s art that’s at the same time both colossal and humble. His work has been featured in a Range Rover commercial and in an exhibit at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York. In addition, Denevan is a chef and the founder of a traveling farm-dinner series. See more of his work on beaches, deserts, and frozen lakes around the world at ❧

Photos from San Mateo County, California (above), and Cape Cod, Massachusetts (left), courtesy of Jim Denevan

What to Read Next