Jim Denevan: the most successful failure in history…

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03/06/2011 by Sarah Ritchie

Jim Denevan sand drawing

Sand drawing is the ultimate in the waste of time. If you want to quantify a waste of time then sand drawing is the best becase you can do more with less result. I am the most successful failure in history.” (Jim Denevan)

I immediately think of that word again…”ephemeral”. Something temporary…gone with the next shower; that’s the work of American artist Jim Denevan.

The natural world (sand, ice and earth) are his canvases. A bicycle, rake and driftwood (and sometimes a truck) are his brushes. The results are simple (though I am sure the planning and execution is anything but!) and stunning. Coupled with very impressive location photography and you have a unique, lasting piece of art. Without the photography, the endeavour would surely be – as Jim puts it – “the ultimate waste of time”! With the photography…well…the results speak for themselves.

Check out Jim’s website [here] for more information and photo gallery, plus have a look at the short video (below) for some insight into how Jim does what he does so very well.


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