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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sand Artist, in Washington Square Park

Joe Mangrum, Washington Sq. Park
Photo by myself in Washington Square Park.

The artist Joe Mangrum was in his element last weekend, in Washington Square Park. He had a small audience while working.

Joe creates original spontaneous artwork, using colored chalk dust. Basically, he takes a fistful of dust and sprinkles it on the ground, to make these fantastic, swirling patterns.

I saw Joe in Union Square in January, working on a large design and surrounded by onlookers. He has since published a book with his work, called Painting New York with Sand.

Related posts: Village People, in Sheridan Square, On Public Art and Other Freebies and Street Art, Soho.


Olivier said...

belle decouverte, j'aime beaucoup l'art des rues et NYC est la ville pour cet art

arzach said...

belle le tue foto /your photos are nice. p.s. my english is ...beacth!!! :-)

Laura Cousins said...

What a stunning creation, and a lovely photograph. Have you ever seen Buddhist monks taking three days or more to create a sacred madala from coloured sand, only to destroy their creation on the final day? EXTRAORDINARY. If you've a spare ten minutes have a look at this YouTube video of such an event in Chichester, UK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSLU9PiXgRk

Joanne said...

I have seen this being done, it is incredible to see:)

dianasfaria.com said...

I just saw him in Union Square! He definitely brightened up people's moods with his work.

Ken Mac said...

urban cowboy psychedelia

Anonymous said...

Agree again, that this strongly reminds of a Mandala. Last seen about a decade ago, thank you for the memories.
May the wind continue to bring nice colours to you.

daily athens

Pat said...

I admire these artists, so like the Buddhist monks who create mandalas, then destroy them....impermanence. I imagine the wind carries this fellow's off.