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 worldwide shipping.

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


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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‘Strata’ is the latest release in the SUPERSONIC SAND series that combines Sand Art with Electronic Music. Very proud to announce that this film features a track created by the internationally acclaimed artist ~~~~ (name to be added on release!)

If you’d like a behind the scenes preview of this release be sure to watch the ‘Find out Friday’ interview where Rebecca and Sean discuss how they got to work with such a prestigious artist and they give an overview of the project to date.

If you’d like an overview of the project we have also brought all the currently released films and interviews together here:

Supersonic Sand is being co-produced by Rebecca Cappuccini of Viking Promotions and Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand. The project is going from strength to strength with recent coverage in, the Irish Independent and Woman’s Way as well as air play so far on WLRFM and large scale screenings at Anseo Festival. Watch this space for further updates!
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This project is in the top 3 collaborative efforts of my entire life, my son included it is an utter privilege to be part of a creative process as beautiful as this one



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