Sand Art

Sean Corcoran creates massive sand art drawings with a garden rake on beaches around Ireland and the UK!

Aerial photographs of the artworks are captured using a drone and are available as high quality prints.

A range of these images can be ordered on our ‘Sand Art Prints’ page in a variety of sizes with shipping to Ireland, UK and Europe.

How is Sand Art made?

Many of Sean’s artworks are solo and he is the only person to witness and photograph them. He works all year round in often remote and hard to reach locations. The majority of his work is freehand without the use of string or measuring tapes. Many of his drawings are impromptu as he responds to each individual location.

Beach Art Ireland

This is environmental art. Sean chooses the best low tides each month and often only has two or three hours to complete a drawing before the tide returns.

The video above shows the creation of a 300 foot wide sacred symbol called a Sri Yantra. This was part of an international challenge. In order to represent the symbol as accurately as possible Sean’s team in this case included two engineers using GPS guided rovers and 16 satellites with a tolerance of 5mm!

Beach Artist Ireland

A message from Sean Corcoran

There’s a strange sense of time standing still; self-conscious worldly woes are left behind, as if there is no past or future, just the present. Apart of course for the inevitable tides approach.

I love seeing the reaction from passers-by who might not be exposed to art too often. I have to admit I like to be an anonymous spectator when the artwork is complete and have conversations with anyone who comes along. The conversation is never as honest if they know I’ve made it and some of the comments are priceless!

Collaborative art has become a very important part of my art and life. I love the challenge of trying to connect with a large group of people through art. I find creating beach art with groups to be very rewarding. 

Participants often say that the experience is uplifting and therapeutic on many different levels. The fact that the tide will wash it all away creates a poignant atmosphere yet the unity of purpose makes it a joyous occasion. People can connect with themselves and others in a very simple way.

It’s good exercise too, running around in the fresh sea air whatever the weather! Perhaps you’d like to join me on one of our group workshops or community events.

Most of my beach art is created on the Copper Coast but if you’d like to commission me I’d be happy to take on a challenge at your local beach.

Thank you for viewing our sand art page.

Sean Corcoran / The Art Hand

BEACH ART ARCHIVE…

We have created a photo record of all the beach art that we’ve created down through the years. You’ll see everything from massive solo drawings in the sand by Sean Corcoran to group events with families, schools, youth groups and work colleagues.

We’ve catalogued over 500 different artworks and we’ve included a single photo of each one in the archive that can be viewed in a photo album on our Facebook page HERE.

Sand Art Photos Sean Corcoran The Copper Coast
Electronic Music Sand

Supersonic Sand is an exciting project that combines Electronic Music with Sand Art! Click the image if you’d like to see all of the currently released films and interviews. Supersonic Sand is being co-produced by Rebecca Cappuccini of Viking Promotions and Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand.

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2 days ago

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My first NFT! A what?! A non-fungible token! What's that then?! Well it's a new way for creatives like me to reach art buyers that like our work. I've been reluctant to go down this road due to the carbon footprint that's usually involved with transactions like this but I've found a company that is offering a carbon neutral system. I'm an environmental artist after all!

The sand art in this image was created on Ladies Cove on The Copper Coast in Ireland on the 6th of August, 2022. The design itself is a free flow response to the conditions on the day. The spirals in the work give a somewhat Celtic feel but it's the poignancy of the temporary art-form that resonates most with people. I've called the drawing 'Dusk'. The NFT is a high resolution image and would make amazing digital prints. Or printed on canvas for your home or office. So if you'd like to own exclusive rights to an image of my sand art or get it printed on a bus or in your boardroom then take a look here: www.voice.com/creation/100000001405562
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My first NFT! A what?! A non-fungible token! Whats that then?! Well its a new way for creatives like me to reach art buyers that like our work. Ive been reluctant to go down this road due to the carbon footprint thats usually involved with transactions like this but Ive found a company that is offering a carbon neutral system. Im an environmental artist after all! 

The sand art in this image was created on Ladies Cove on The Copper Coast in Ireland on the 6th of August, 2022. The design itself is a free flow response to the conditions on the day. The spirals in the work give a somewhat Celtic feel but its the poignancy of the temporary art-form that resonates most with people. Ive called the drawing Dusk. The NFT is a high resolution image and would make amazing digital prints. Or printed on canvas for your home or office. So if youd like to own exclusive rights to an image of my sand art or get it printed on a bus or in your boardroom then take a look here: https://www.voice.com/creation/100000001405562

1 week ago

The Art Hand

Photoshoot for #NationalGeographic with photographer @danielalford_. These are the pics that didn’t make it into the magazine! Perhaps it was because I was having such a bad hair day! Looking forward to working with Daniel again soon 🌏 ... See MoreSee Less

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Powerful images of the artist! The yellow jacket is brilliant

Fantastic photography 😀

Super Seán

2 weeks ago

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And the winner is….Ladies Tree (the first image) narrowly wins with 34 votes versus 31 votes for the Mermaids Garden (2nd image). Thank you all for your valuable insights into what makes a good sand art image. ... See MoreSee Less

And the winner is….Ladies Tree (the first image) narrowly wins with 34 votes versus 31 votes for the Mermaids Garden (2nd image). Thank you all for your valuable insights into what makes a good sand art image.Image attachment

2 weeks ago

The Art Hand

Same beach, same angle, different days, different drawings! Which do you prefer? A client of ours wants to commission a large photo print of one of these and we are trying to decide which image to use. As well as selecting which drawing we prefer our attention is on the amount of turquoise in the sea plus the difference in the beach surface. Help us out and pick your favorite! Both were created at Ladies Cove on The Copper Coast in Waterford, Ireland. 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

Same beach, same angle, different days, different drawings! Which do you prefer? A client of ours wants to commission a large photo print of one of these and we are trying to decide which image to use. As well as selecting which drawing we prefer our attention is on the amount of turquoise in the sea plus the difference in the beach surface. Help us out and pick your favorite! Both were created at Ladies Cove on The Copper Coast in Waterford, Ireland. 🙏Image attachment

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Ladies tree. Sea is beautiful colour and I prefer the art work on it

I like Ladies Tree. The sand bank gives it an added dimension and the curved edges are like an extension of the waves. The intensity of the blue on the water as well. Visually more pleasing than the second one.

For me it is the second after long réflexion, because the light on the sea, the Green of the Land and finalement the beach are équally beautiful but in harmonie as an ensemble....

Love both, but to choose: easily the second one!

They colour of the sea is amazing in the first one but I prefer the second one as the sand art is so vivid. 🤩

I prefer the balance of no.2...sun reflection, turquise, smaller beach and then landscape.

I personally prefer the ladies tree, (first). Particularly due to the composition of the lines & the symmetry it has with the surrounding beach & coastline 🙏🏾

In my humble opiniony opinion, I would switch the names. The bottom one looks more lady treeish and the top more mermaid gardeny. I prefer the strong dark line , distinct circles and orientation of the bottom drawing I don’t find the bottom one more subtle and subdued. Just the opposite

So very sweet lòvely photos lovw them all sean

For me it's the top one prefer the composition and colour

The second one, Sean. I still hold the video image in my mind where the tide reclaims the art piece. 😉🙏 On the cusp in the 2nd! Nature reclaims. 🌈🐝

I like the top one because there isn’t as much glare on the water and you can see the colors more clearly.

Also the contrast of the sandy beach colors is more interesting on the top one💞💞

Temporär 👍

Ladies tree. I prefer the artwork AND more blue in the sea

First one

Ladies tree!

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2 weeks ago

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Miss you Dunbar 🦄 Thanks for everything James Page and the European Land Art Festival family. ... See MoreSee Less

Miss you Dunbar 🦄 Thanks for everything James Page and the European Land Art Festival family.

2 weeks ago

The Art Hand

Global Sunrise ☀️ Sand Art by Sean Corcoran at Kilmurrin Cove, Waterford, Ireland...This image is now available as a large poster print with free shipping across Europe from our website here; thearthand.com/product/globalsunrise/ ... See MoreSee Less

Global Sunrise ☀️ Sand Art by Sean Corcoran at Kilmurrin Cove, Waterford, Ireland...This image is now available as a large poster print with free shipping across Europe from our website here; https://thearthand.com/product/globalsunrise/

2 weeks ago

The Art Hand

Global Sunrise ☀️ Sand Art by Sean Corcoran at Kilmurrin Cove, Waterford, Ireland...This image is now available as a large poster print with free shipping across Europe from our website here; thearthand.com/product/globalsunrise/ Watch a video of this sand art being made here; fb.watch/erGPyoH6w3/ Here is a statement from Sean about this piece; Global Sunrise. It’s something we have in common across the globe. We don’t all speak the same language or use the same symbols to communicate. So with this drawing I’ve created an image of a sunrise along with a series of abstract symbols to try to represent a universal message of unity. I hope the resulting artwork speaks for itself as I know this explanation sounds very philosophical! #WeAreOne ... See MoreSee Less

Global Sunrise ☀️ Sand Art by Sean Corcoran at Kilmurrin Cove, Waterford, Ireland...This image is now available as a large poster print with free shipping across Europe from our website here; https://thearthand.com/product/globalsunrise/ Watch a video of this sand art being made here; https://fb.watch/erGPyoH6w3/ Here is a statement from Sean about this piece; Global Sunrise. It’s something we have in common across the globe. We don’t all speak the same language or use the same symbols to communicate. So with this drawing I’ve created an image of a sunrise along with a series of abstract symbols to try to represent a universal message of unity. I hope the resulting artwork speaks for itself as I know this explanation sounds very philosophical! #WeAreOne
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