"People are really enthralled that I would do something that's destined to wash away," says earthscape artist Andres Amador. "That really strikes a chord with people. Because really, truly, that's the story of our lives. Our lives are impermanence. And the tide is unstoppable." Amador is a San Francisco-based artist who's been seen out on Ocean Beach, as well as up at Stinson Beach, at Point Reyes, and elsewhere making impermanent art using only a rake on the sand at low tide. He takes aerial images with a drone that he then sells on his website, but apart from that his artwork disappears every day.
CBS News just did a story on him, probably inspired by this recent KQED documentary short that you can watch below, and the 42-year-old Andres tells them that he gave up a career in computer programming ten years ago to pursue his art. He explains that his pieces tend to go in one of two directions: the geometric and precise, or the more organic and free-form.
If you want to keep up with his appearances locally, and see some of the art live before it washes away, you can keep up with him on Facebook. He tends to get an early start out at Ocean Beach, though, around 6 a.m.