A Swept Away Project
Temporary Intricate Sand Paintings By Joe Mangrum
American Artist Joe Mangrum is well known for decorating New York City’s street pavements with his intricate sand paintings. With his bags of coloured sand, he skillfully arranges the sand to form colored patterns on the floor. His artwork brings to mind mandalas and spiritual symbols. In fact, making floor art using powder and sand comes from the Indian tradition of painting religious symbols outside their household door. Indeed, Mangrum’s work holds a spiritual essence, but with a psychedelic and modern twist. He creates these designs spontaneously as he paints the pavements, almost making this work performance art. However, Mangrum’s work is only left temporarily as the sand he poured throughout the day is eventually blown away. This is intended by the Artist. All in all, Mangrum spends 6-8 hours on each piece and estimates to have completed 550 sand paintings.
See more of Joe Mangrum’s works here
Images courtesy of Mangrum via demilked