Joe Mangrum Sand Art

Using nothing but colored sand, his bare hands, and much patience, New York artist Joe Mangrum creates beautifully vibrant large “paintings” that are here today, gone tomorrow. Mangrum is drawn to the ephemeral nature of sand and how he can make an aesthetically pleasing work that is enjoyed by many people throughout a day and swept up in the end. For those in New York, Mangrum will be at the SOFA Art Expo this weekend.

Story Eyed Media did a great, short video profile of Mangrum, where you can see how he creates his pieces:

Joe Mangrum Sand Painting

Goli Mohammadi

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

Contact me at [email protected] or via @snowgoli.