How one man and his rake create magical illusions in the sand

Sight for shore eyes… by an artist making waves: How one man and his rake create magical illusions at the coast – but only until the tide turns

  • Jon Foreman, 29, creates incredible designs in the sand along the shores of Milford Haven, in Pembrokeshire 
  • The father-of-one uses a rake and a stick to draw complex and intricate works, including animals and flowers
  • The part-time youth worker said the tide always gives him ‘great adrenalin rush’  as he is working against clock
  • What Jon Foreman’s beach art might lack in longevity, it sure makes up for in wow factor.

    The artist spends up to four hours creating mesmerising patterns in the sand — some of which get exotic Latin names — using only a garden rake and a stick. 

    Jon, 29, whose canvas is the shore near his home in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, says his art being reclaimed by nature within hours of its creation adds to the beauty of the experience.

    He says: ‘The fact it is short-lived actually makes it more special — like a flower that only blooms once.’

    The single father-of-one, who is also a part-time youth worker, adds: ‘Sometimes I know I’m working against the clock to get a piece finished before the tide comes in. It can be a great adrenalin rush.’

    Jon Foreman, 29, whose canvas is the shore near his home in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, says his art being reclaimed by nature within hours of its creation adds to the beauty of the experience (Pictured with one of his artworks)

    Jon Foreman, 29, whose canvas is the shore near his home in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, says his art being reclaimed by nature within hours of its creation adds to the beauty of the experience (Pictured with one of his artworks)

    Jon (pictured) spends up to four hours creating mesmerising patterns in the sand ¿ some of which get exotic Latin names ¿ using only a garden rake and a stick

    Jon (pictured) spends up to four hours creating mesmerising patterns in the sand — some of which get exotic Latin names — using only a garden rake and a stick

    Artist Jon says: 'The fact it is short-lived actually makes it more special ¿ like a flower that only blooms once' (Pictured: Piece shows a whale with what a appears to be a planet and its moon in the background)

    Artist Jon says: ‘The fact it is short-lived actually makes it more special — like a flower that only blooms once’ (Pictured: Piece shows a whale with what a appears to be a planet and its moon in the background)

    The single father-of-one, who is also a part-time youth worker said battling the tide to finish a piece 'can be a great adrenalin rush' (Pictured: Mammoth design similar to an open flower takes up entire stretch of beach)

    The single father-of-one, who is also a part-time youth worker said battling the tide to finish a piece ‘can be a great adrenalin rush’ (Pictured: Mammoth design similar to an open flower takes up entire stretch of beach)

    Incredible sand artwork by Jon Foreman shows a collection of flowers leading from the start of the beach to the shore in Pembrokeshire

    Incredible sand artwork by Jon Foreman shows a collection of flowers leading from the start of the beach to the shore in Pembrokeshire 

    A wave washes away part of an intricate circular design in the sand by artist Jon Foreman

    A wave washes away part of an intricate circular design in the sand by artist Jon Foreman 

    Jon says he gets a rush when creating his complex designs knowing the tide will at some point wash them away (Pictured: Jon working on jagged and shaded circular design)

    Jon says he gets a rush when creating his complex designs knowing the tide will at some point wash them away (Pictured: Jon working on jagged and shaded circular design)

    An entire section of a beach is covered with a spider-like design - created by artists Jon Foreman using just a rake and a stick

    An entire section of a beach is covered with a spider-like design – created by artists Jon Foreman using just a rake and a stick 

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