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Marc Treanor

We expect to encounter the beauty of nature at the beach, but too often instead beachgoers encounter trash, pollution, and excessive development on the world’s shorelines. A growing number of sand artists want to show another way humans can leave their mark on the beach: Temporarily. Sand artists create stunning works of art designed to dissolve in the oceans’ tides.

Visitors to the Welsh Pembrokeshire Coast in Britain might encounter artist Marc Treanor’s astonishing works of art — if they time their visit to the beach just right. Pembroke’s enormous, ornate sand carvings, which he creates simply by raking the sand, take hours to create and last just a few hours. They require no toxic materials, consume no resources, harm no species, and will never require disposal.

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