On Jan 1, 2008 following an uneventful but peaceful calendar rollover except for the fire crackers (I think someone in my area got confused!), we spent the slightly overcast morning at the beach. Our favourite part of the beach seems to be washed up (or sometimes littered) with interesting items each time we walked on. One day it’s a shore full of dead jelly fish or stingrays, another day it’s full of visitors celebrating Dumpling Festival, but today just a stone’s throw away lies art only to be appreciated up close. From far you see nothing more than washed up debris slowing slowly becoming permanent feature of the shoreline when they’re allowed to weather naturally. If ignored long enough, they eventually become art.
Below is the most impressive piece I’ve discovered so far. It almost resembles ancient hieroglyphics though I see drawings resembling desert and cactus (remind me of the Arizona desert. I’ve visited the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Navajo Tribal Park some time back). I estimate one-fifth of the tree trunk has these illustrations. It did cross my mind to cut portions of it and bring it home.
All images © Jan Shim Photography