The Mysterious Sand Designs On California’s Beaches

The Mysterious Sand Designs On California’s Beaches


BRANDON ANDERTON: Some would see
it as an exercise in futility. It’s invariably
going to wash away. But if it gets people
to stop and think, my time is well spent
right then and there. LAURA LING: You were a
professional motorcycle road racer. What did you love about
motorcycle racing? BRANDON ANDERTON: I’ve always
been an adrenaline junkie. So it’s just the most
extreme circumstances that you can think of. Being out in the elements,
being on a motorcycle, and then being able to
carry the speed that you can through corners
and stuff, it’s a perspective, an experience
you can’t really synthesize through any other means. LAURA LING: Have you experienced
many crashes and injuries? LAURA LING: Oh yeah. Yeah, I’ve broken my
legs three times a piece, my arms twice, ribs,
probably about six ribs. Disintegrated my tib,
fib, and my femur. Broke my pelvis in half,
and my lower two ribs, and my scapula on my left side. LAURA LING: Racing was your
passion, and all of a sudden, you weren’t able
to do that anymore. How did you deal with
that emotionally? BRANDON ANDERTON:
I was relegated to living in a wheelchair
for about a year and a half inside my condo,
essentially a shut in. So I had a lot of time to
work out and practice moving and regain my ability to walk. LAURA LING: Can you talk
to me about the ritual that has helped you through this? BRANDON ANDERTON: Yeah. I found art. And it’s not something
I grew up with doing. And I got the idea
one of the times that I was out
there on the beach to just start scrawling
stuff in the sand, and I wouldn’t have to worry
about anybody else’s judgment, because I was there by
myself and the waves were going to take it anyway. So the process for
me is, basically, being with a thought,
an emotion, or a story. Usually on the drive over,
something will come to me. And then a shape will
manifest from that, and it all starts from there. LAURA LING: Can you tell me
what goes through your mind when you’re creating this art? BRANDON ANDERTON: Sometimes
there’s– I’ll have a bit of a pity party. You know, why me? You know, why has
this happened to me? Other times, I just
think about what life is, what consciousness
is, why we’re all here. LAURA LING: It sounds
very therapeutic. BRANDON ANDERTON: Extremely. It’s fundamentally changed
who I am as a person. I was in a really bad place, but
just the creation of the art, in and of itself, and that
feeling of gratification and thankfulness
and satisfaction, is something that
I haven’t obtained from anything else in my life. LAURA LING: Do you wait for the
tide to take the artwork away? BRANDON ANDERTON:
Sometimes I do. It’s just an affirmation of
no matter what we do here on this world,
nature’s still going to come back and
reclaim everything. It’s a total catharsis
for me in that regard. [MUSIC PLAYING] LAURA LING: And you can also
watch this episode of Rituals. MIKE SHINODA: And
there are other times when I’m hyper-agitated. In my head, it’s like a cyclone
of noise, and it’s loud.

41 thoughts on “The Mysterious Sand Designs On California’s Beaches

  1. Does he have a FB page or something I would really like to follow him and some of the amazing people on this project

  2. That's nothing less than spectacular … talk about flip side of the coin… very thought provoking, thank you seeker stories  :o)

  3. Those arts just last for few hours but yet he willing to spend time to create them…salute!

  4. @Seeker Stories While a cool and interesting story, rather deceptive title for the video. There is nothing mysterious about these designs as the artist is known and public.

    There are actually mysterious "crops circle" designs that have been found in sand and snow with no explanation of how they got there. No foot prints going in or out. These are much rarer than crop circles but have been recorded in history and in modern times.

    The deceptive title of this video had made me think this would be a story on the real mysterious sand designs, and that they had been found in California. I would suggest in the future you be a little more honest with your titling.

  5. I saw his work (I think) on a recent trip to Santa Cruz, I thought it was cool and snapped this. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153258033014096&set=a.10150327621369096.361441.529294095&type=1&permPage=1

  6. I genuinely want to know how he gets everything so perfectly aligned and symmetrical at such a large scale. Someone please tell me

  7. I know I'm a cynic, but he might not do it without photography! okok, maybe I should give him more credit. The Tibetans did sand mandalas before iphones ;D

  8. Would love to run into him on the beach is a Norcal and go from looking at a grain of sand to going up as high as I can with my quad. Lol

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