Sand art on beautiful beaches has been done before by many, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this before! Jamie Harkins, a brilliant artist and musician from New Zealand, has everyone in awe by creating fun optical illusions and 3D images on beaches that keep passers-by bewildered and delighted.
Just dash in to be stunned!
Harkins utilizes the same trick of viewpoint that sidewalk chalk artists employ when they fool us into thinking that their 2D illustrations are actually 3D. It’s called anamorphosis, and it requires that the viewer observe the art from a certain perspective for its illusion to work. Harkins’ art would appear like meaningless lines to people on the beach, but viewed from afar, they revamp into sailboats, docks, steps, or other artistic images from Harkins’ wild imagination.
He adds an excellent, mind-bending touch by getting people to pose within his images, further thinning the line between reality and illusion.
Harkins explained the motivation behind his artwork in an interview with The New Zealand Herald: “We’ve seen other people doing stuff on beaches, but it’s always been geometric, flat shapes, like a pattern, so we thought we’d get into the whole 3D thing. And I kind of like the fact that it disappears at the end of the day when the tide comes in. It makes it impermanent.”
Jamie Harkins spends most of his time in the small town of Mount Mauganui, New Zealand, where he has a home and a personal studio. The artist isn’t concerned at all by the fact that his drawings have a short life.