Beach art can be a great way to leave a mark and make an impression by sending an extraordinary message.
It therefore happens that I am contacted to participate in collective actions with the aim, beyond making a work, to allow to make a beautiful image full of meaning and to try by this means to increase the media aura of the action.
If the cause is noble and laudable, I respond as much as possible.
It can also happen sometimes that I am the initiator of the message, as was the case with the homage to Charlie Hebdo or the Hug Your Planet project.
I was particularly sensitive to the events, which took place in Australia. The fires that raged across the entire country have had terrible repercussions from human, social and ecological point of view.
So I decided to make a drawing on Royan beach, in support of the Australian population, and to bring people together here in France to pay homage to them.
I took this opportunity to create a competition in collaboration with another artist, which allowed us to raise funds, which were then sent to an NGO which worked in the country for the rescue of animals and the reconstruction of the flora.
The “Agathe et Paul” association is implementing actions to raise funds to enable health professionals such as physiotherapists, psychologists and speech therapists to be trained in very specific therapeutic techniques. The association also helps the families of the 2 children and allows other families to benefit from treatment for these therapies.
They contacted me because they challenged themselves to allow Paul to participate in the Royan Marathon. I then made a beach art for the occasion on Royan beach, which allowed them to benefit from the visibility of the marathon to raise awareness about their actions.
Website : Agathe et Paul.
The European Environment Office contacted me to create frescoes to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans.
We discussed the project at length and their desire to have a European aura to reach as many people as possible led me to suggest that they create several beach art in different countries.
This is how I suggested that they collaborate with some of my favorite artists, who naturally agreed to participate in this beautiful project.
I was then accompanied by Marc Treanor, Marcelo Van ES and Tim Hoekstra, to make 6 frescoes in total on the beaches of England, Spain, Holland and 2 made by me in France and Portugal.
Several videos were produced and posted on social networks for the awareness campaign.
It was also an opportunity to work in close collaboration and to get to know my counterparts better across borders!
Website : EEB
The “Marion la main tendue” association, headquartered in the Paris region, called on my skills to create a fresco in tribute to little Marion.
The aim of this association is to fight against violence and harassment in schools. For this, they carry out preventive actions by offering workshops and conferences in schools.
They also offer support to families and victims confronted with these attacks.
Website : Marion la main tendu.
The Indre / St Herblain collective, in support against the airport project in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, on the initiative of Joëlle Ronnet-Nicolle, invited me to create their symbol of the crossed out plane, on a Vendée beach.
Through this action, they want to demonstrate once again the fragility of sensitive areas, such as wetlands, the sand of our coasts eaten away by rising water levels, and its excessive exploitation for concrete used for large useless projects. and imposed (GPII).
I was invited to Brittany by the association “Pas à pas avec Alexia“, whose action is to raise awareness about Smith Magenis syndrome, as well as to support families with a child with the syndrome.
This syndrome is a rare syndrome and often poorly detected because very few hospitals have specialists capable of doing it. Children are then often labeled as autistic when they would require more special attention in their follow-up.
This beach art of a sun encompassing a moon symbolizes the reversal of the sleep cycle characteristic of the syndrome.
Website : Pas à pas avec Alexia.
At the initiative of the parents of students and the teacher of little Karl’s class, I was invited to create an ephemeral work to raise awareness through his story on organ donation. Little Karl was waiting for a heart transplant at the time.
We surprised him by drawing on the sand a heart with a pegasus that reflects his passion for horses and his courage in turmoil. Her classmates helped me fill the heart and then posed around it to make a nice photo.
To date, little Karl has been successfully transplanted and is devouring life to the fullest!
The unfortunate events around Charlie Hebdo have rekindled the debate on freedom of expression. As an artist, even if I rarely put words on my works, I wanted to defend this idea and especially to pay homage to them with this brandished pencil drawn on the sand.
The idea, which basically had to be made between friends with only a few people around the drawing, quickly became an official gathering in the Royannais region, due to word of mouth. This is how we gathered in several thousand around the drawing to immortalize this photo which has been around the world.
A sensitive subject, that of the protection of bees! Un toit pour les abees contacted me to make a drawing, in order to compare the fragile life of the bee with the ephemeral aspect of beach art.
A video was then produced for this website which offers to sponsor bee hives and in return to receive the fruit of the honey harvest. You can see this video on my Youtube channel and sponsor a beehive on their site.
Website : Un toit pour les abeilles