World Beach Project Is Universal Way To Celebrate Shorelines


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If you are lucky enough to live near a beach, participating in the World Beach Project is a wonderful way to spend a day. It's a global art project that anyone can join. Simply make a pattern with the stones found on your beach. Photograph the beach, the pattern and yourself doing it. And send it to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

It will be part of a huge international project where people all over the world have been submitting their photos of their own patterns.


From a Cornwall beach

It's such a simple idea. It combines the art of making patterns with stones with the complexities of the shape, size, and colour of the composition.

The idea was dreamed up by an artist, Sue Lawly She chose stones because they are so elemental. As she says:

"To pick up a rock, is to touch base. Touching stones gives us a primal, spiritual connection with the earth. When we handle a stone, we hold in our hands a small drawing, a tiny piece of the map; we are holding time."

Stones used can be any size, but only stones are allowed. It's funny because when you first look at a beach it is all a mass of similar looking stones. Then when you begin to really look at them, certain stones and shapes and patterns begin to catch your eye.


Collect the ones you like, sort them into groups and look for patterns. Be free and spontaneous.

The beauty of this art is that it disappears. The only record is in the website.

The Brighton Pebble Museum is a charming variation. Its opening is "as irregular as the tides; an occasional project that addresses the formal beauty and abstract mystery of the pebble in all her forms through workshops, geological lectures, field trips and afternoon walks."

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