Sandy Warhol! Artist creates stunningly intricate designs using colourful sand
These are the works of a present day SANDY WARHOL – who uses colourful sand to create spectacular artworks.
Joe Mangrum’s works feature a kaleidoscope of colour and measure between 15 and 25ft in size.
Since 2009 Joe has created more than 800 spontaneous artworks using coloured sand.
The designs – which he creates both indoors and outdoors – take anywhere from six hours to several days to complete.
Talented Joe, from Brooklyn in New York, USA, has been creating large-scale installations for more than 15 years.
He previously used flowers and computers but started using sand after hosting a solo show, for which he had to improvise with materials.
He said: “This medium is fascinating because it’s so direct.
“I have one ‘brush’ – my hand – and how I manipulate the flow, the speed and height at which I pour gives it so many dimensions.
“I just start in the centre and start improvising a design.
“I have a whole visual library in my photographic memory – from my experience traveling and observing the world, bringing the abstraction to life.
“People of all ages love the colours and the fact that the designs are different every day.”
Joe is currently looking to raise $20,000 through a Kickstarter campaign titled “Process into Permanence.”
For the project, Joe, 45, will fix coloured sand onto a giant carpet, allowing him to create a permanent sand art fixture.
This sand rug will then be cut into segments and sent to the backers of the campaign.