Andres Amador's beach art is visceral and fleeting; the crash of a wave or the slow rising of high tide washes it away. Unlike a typical sandcastle or sand angel, Amador's pieces are much larger in scale, sometimes reaching up to 90,000 square feet, only able to be viewed in full from an aerial perspective.
Amador, 40, is based out of San Francisco. His art, which he calls "Earthscape," is a series of large-scale sketches in the sand using tools that resemble rakes. Amador wakes up before the sun rises and before high tide, when the damp, sandy beach is still exposed. Usually within two hours, his piece is complete, being nipped at by the rising water. In a matter of hours, it's washed away.
The earthscapes fall into two categories; geometric and organic. His geometric pieces, like "Flower of Life," are intricate, symmetric shapes, while his piece like "Kelp" are free-form, resembling the plant water. Amador says his pieces are inspired by nature.
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Watch below for a video of Amador's work on National Geographic Canada: