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This Artist Collects Rocks And Arranges Them Into Mesmerizing Patterns (30 Pics)

Published 5 months ago

If you’ve ever spent a lazy day at the beach, you’ve probably tried all sorts of time-wasting activities like digging holes, building sandcastles and skipping rocks. Artist Jon Foreman, however, likes to take it up a notch. Ever since he discovered land art back in college, the Pembrokeshire, Wales-based artist has been creating intricate stone arrangements that will absolutely mesmerize you.

“I create using many natural materials but stone has proven to be the material which I can manipulate best. Be it color, angle, shape, size, placement, spacing,” said the artist in an interview with Bored Panda. “Typically, I either start with a rough idea of what I’d like to do or no idea whatsoever! Then I collect what I can carry and start by placing stone by stone, steadily losing myself in the process and disconnecting from the stress of everyday life.”

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Jon says that land art provides him with endless possibilities. “Not only that but there are endless environments to work in, each and every one different to the next. Getting out and creating work has a profound effect on my mental health. It keeps my mind healthy and content,” says the artist.

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Back in 2018, Jon participated in the Llano Earth Art Fest where he met 30 other artists he had been following online for years. He says this festival was responsible for a lot of development in the field and the artist is extremely grateful for it. “Partly due to this festival, land art has developed a really tight and positive community in the last few years,” says Jon.

Sadly, some articles criticized Jon and other artists for their art, saying that what they’re doing is damaging to the environment and that they could be harming the creatures that live there. Jon, however, absolutely opposes these claims and says that he and fellow artists are creating work with nature and do it to show that it needs protecting.

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“Just as an example, these stone creations are made only a few feet away from where I collected them. The tide then comes and washes them back to where they came from. How is that damaging?” asked Jon. “Any creatures that live in this environment (I almost never come across any) will be used to such turbulent conditions and me moving rocks will make no difference at all. The creatures that do live in these conditions will not be settling down to make homes. They are constantly moving like the tide does.”

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“Take a step away from the outdoors. Look at the materials around you. Where have they come from?” continued Jon. “The batteries that are in our phones/laptops are made from materials that have been mined from the ground. The cars we drive, the paper we use, the art supplies I would otherwise be using if I wasn’t using materials outdoors. All this is more damaging to the environment than anything I do.”

See more of Jon’s amazing stone arrangements in the gallery below!

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