'People often ask if it bothers me that the work has to disappear eventually. Not at all. If anything the fact that it's short-lived makes it more special to me.'
It was love at first sight for Jon Foreman when he discovered land art while in college. "There are endless possibilities. Not only that but there are endless environments to work in, each and every one different from the next," the artist told Bored Panda. Since stepping into the field of land art, Foreman has gained more than 322,000 followers on Instagram alone. For him, the payoff is much bigger. "Getting out and creating work has a profound effect on my mental health. It keeps my mind healthy and content," he shared.
"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 or spacing. 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," Foreman added. The artist lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, which has an extensive coastline. "The beaches here are truly exceptional and there are so many," he told My Modern Met. "I doubt I've even visited half of them."
Because land art is ephemeral, all of Foreman's art is eventually reclaimed by the earth from which it came. "It often becomes a race towards the end as the waves draw closer," he said. "I try to stay to see the work get erased and capture the moment of impact. I create using material that is made from that environment for that environment. The tide washes it all back to the tide line, and I come back the next day with an empty canvas to work with. People often ask if it bothers me that the work has to disappear eventually. To that, I say: not at all. If anything the fact that it's short-lived makes it more special to me."
Here are 25 stunning land art pieces created by Jon Foreman: