Although calligraphy is one of the oldest forms of artistic writing, this twist by artsit Andrew van der Merwe is relatively new. For the past eight years, the self-proclaimed Beach Scriber has been creating beautiful calligraphy in the sands of Cape Town, South Africa. He uses a special instrument that looks like a gigantic, four-sided, cheese grater on a stick (without the holes) to carve stunning patterns into the sand. Wearing shoes that are like smaller skateboards without wheels that prevent him from leaving footprints in the sand, he gently steps around his design, working from the inside out.
The world’s first beach calligrapher explains:
The work is usually very temporal, often lasting no more than an hour before it is taken by the wind or the tide…I leave no footprints and the tide leaves me with a clean slate…Most of the forms used here draw their inspiration from African writing systems, but in some instances, I have moved on from there and found myself playing with variations of a particular movement – pretty much like a musician might play with variations on a theme.
Watch his technique in the video below, then see more of his work on Behance page.