Manu is well-known for his Beach Sand Art, one of its unique kinds. Manu believes in art and says it is amazing. One cannot know where one gets inspired to create an art. Manu says art reveals the mindset of an artist. He says art is transitory and transcendent and not mere sand art.
Manu says art always was important for him. He never made to college for arts, but studied architecture. He used to create on his canvas some abstract art. Moving to Ireland, Manu realized his fondness of creating art on the sane on beaches.
He says it picked up when he was scratching some personal message into the sand to his better half. It was a messaged in the 90s that he designed and now he and his better half have tattooed the same, in the place of a wedding ring. He says he loved the contrast that he saw in the sand. It was fascinating that he started planning bigger.
Manu’s first drawing was 40 meters bearing a random freehand design with 6 circles. He was just on beaches with his art. For a very long time, he stuck to the same size of 40 meters and was focused towards sacred geometry that meant more intricate and planning into drawings.
He took to geometrical and symmetry perfection and was questioning himself how he can achieve it. He designed it on A3 on his desk and came out with a geometrical construction plan to try it on the beach. He uses tools such as strings, bamboo sticks, and a measuring tape to outline the drawing and to highlight the construction points.
The drawing is done as freehand and he uses a set of rakes. He says the tidal sand has moisture beneath the bright surface. The raking sand brings wetness and so it is darker that it brings a contrast to his drawing. He starts as he notices the tide going, it means he has nearly 6 hours of
time for the tide to come and claim his work.
Manu says when it is raking; it is like he is in a tunnel. He does not hear the sea as he is fully engrossed into the fulfilling process of his desired design. In a drawing, it is easy to get lost as it covers up to 20000 sq ft area. He agrees that mistakes happen, but it hardly noticeable. He says after he completes the drawing, only he is able to identify the drone footage that claimed the actual drawing with its incoming tide.
Manu says it is a challenge to give same shading as the raking stores increase or decrease. People think, Manus is using dark and bright colored sand or does some photoshop of the images. But,
Manu says all the effects are with ordinary rake.
He says inspiration is through Celtic drawings, sacred geometry, illusions, 3D effects, crop circles, and lots more. He takes the ideas and begins working on them in his own style. His beach designs are the result of good planning. He walks to the location, sticks to a theme spontaneously and soaks into the environment.
He claims that his art is his passion than a job. His contributions pay him commission when he does it on festivals, weddings, birthdays, companies, logos, anniversaries, etc. He agrees that there is no better place to work, than the sea as it has passers-by interacting and yet there is peace that he enjoys. The remote beach tranquility gives a feel that the entire beach is all yours.
Manu was invited to the Sri Yantra Landart Project in 2017 and there were land artists from all over to create on the beaches of 5 continents the Sri Yantra Mandalas. He says he had the pleasure of working with so many drone operators and photographers. He is right now collaborating with Paddy Barron, the professional cameraman, making a perfect team for bigger projects. Soon, with the lifting of the restrictions, Manu is planning to hold large Mandala workshops and will be providing Airbnb experiences for groups to spend time with him watching
create Beach sand Art.