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

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
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1 day ago

The Art Hand

Celtic Sled 🌍 Family Sand Art Experience facilitated by Sean Corcoran today with Oisin, Grace, Eva and Clodagh. This was a race against the tide! I call this piece Celtic Sled. Well done guys. Video of this piece coming soon. Further details of our workshops are here; thearthand.com/art-to-order/sand-art-workshops/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Savage, thanks Sean.

1 day ago

The Art Hand

Family Sand Art Experience facilitated by Sean Corcoran today with Oisin, Grace, Eva and Clodagh. This was a race against the tide! I call this piece Celtic Sled. Well done guys. Video of this piece coming soon. Further details of our workshops are here; thearthand.com/art-to-order/sand-art-workshops/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Looks fab 👏🏻On my bucket list. Pity all sold out

Fantastic

2 days ago

The Art Hand

Proud to be flying the flag 🏳️‍🌈 #prideofthedeise #Pride2021 ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

The Art Hand

In action today with Sean were the Leavers Class from Saint John's Special School in Dungarvan. 🤩 We broke the record for the most amount of circles on a Waterford beach. 🎖 We woke seagulls, howled like wolves, discussed lug worm anatomy, found crabs, gathered rocks and seaweed and dodged the rising tide! 🌍 Well done guys, it was great working with ye. 💜 Have a great summer. 🏜 ... See MoreSee Less

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Great effort!

was it tough tying all those circles together, contemporaneously?

Well done 👦

4 days ago

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