Art to Share: Jon Foreman

I happened upon an article from My Modern Met recently that featured land artist Jon Foreman and his project called Sculpt the World. If you want to take a look at that article, you can find it here. In the meantime, let’s get right to the photos.














I’m not sure what it says about me that these formations appeal so strongly. The colors, the shapes, the setting, the various symmetries—this art is amazing to me.

After I finished being dazzled by the shapes, I began to wonder things like, “How long did it take to come up with enough rocks to do one of these?” or “How deep is the hole in the middle of #9?”

El Guapo knows more about art than I do, and I’m not a very educated viewer—I tend to look, like (or not), and move on. But I’m trying to go deeper, look closer, learn more. So I stay with it, and notice the little stippling that appears to be tread from the artist’s sneakers.

I wonder about the composition of the rocks that determines color. I wonder about the way one of these works of art is transformed as the tide comes in. I wonder about the artist’s choice in one work to go with monochrome, in another to do each element a different color, and in still another to use all the colors together. I want to see a “during” picture that shows the multicolored collection of rocks he’ll be choosing from, and how he organizes his workspace.

Jon Foreman is a Welsh artist, doing these wonderful works on Welsh beaches. (Different Jon Foreman than the frontman for the band Switchfoot. Since I’m on a roll with all the wondering, I wonder if they’d get along?) In addition to the article from which these images came, there’s this site, where you can see more.

Finally, I wonder if I can get something going in this direction the next time I’m at a beach?



4 thoughts on “Art to Share: Jon Foreman

  1. How lovely, fascinating + inspiring! Yes, I want to try something like that too! His work reminds (+ similarly inspires) me of Andy Goldsworthy. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I thought the same thing about Goldsworthy. It reminds me that I have had a Goldsworthy post in my drafts folder for much too long. I’ll have to dust it off and get it finished on of these days.

  3. Thanks for sharing these! I like your wonderings, and I agree that it would be interesting to see a “during” photo – what does the progression look like?

    In the article you linked to, the artist says that the stones become “malleable” when they are grouped together. I also like what he says about the art being epheremal, and washed away by the tide each day.

    • In addition to “during” photos, I’d like to see some that let us see what one of these arrangements looks like after the tide has had a go at it. If I ever get to Wales, perhaps I can arrange to visit another Jon Foreman beach project.

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