“It was from seeing a surf video which featured the artwork of a Californian, that Sam discovered this very particular art of a nonstandard dimension. This art, newly called arenaglyphe (Latin arena: sand and of Greek glyph to engrave) is very primary and basic in its nature: to make drawings on the sand with a staff or a rake.
We have all probably had a go but in a lesser measure. The interest for him, on his favorite beach (the coast of Basques in Biarritz ), is the dimension which a fresco can take and therefore the impact which it can have on the walkers and swimmers. This art, called beach art, can be compared with street art where the artist takes possession of a common place to express his ideas and to call out to the passers-by.
The art is two-fold since he takes photos before the tide washes away the frescos. The photos are then reworked a little to create a certain atmosphere, a more poetic reading, sometimes transforming the swimmers into simple silhouettes or by expanding part of the photo and so that it is not to scale Sometimes only a detail of the fresco will be kept. Then, a second artwork, permanent this time is created.
They are then printed on limited copies on white aluminium or brushed for the texture with its particular brightness which contributes more to this atmosphere he is seeking“.