Beach mosaics on the island Sylt

The longevity of professionally made mosaics is one of the reasons why we have incredibly well preserved proofs from antiquity for this handicraft.

But mosaics do not always have to be made for eternity. This shows the great event organised by Daniela Blankschän “Von Meer zu Mehr” which takes place on Sylt, the largest German island in the North Sea. For the third time mosaics will be created on the main beach of the village Rantum during 9 days of August. Spontaneously, from everything the individual finds in the sand. Some mosaic artists come on purpose to work with material from the sea. Most works created during the event are made by the hands of travelers, though.

“Children came and expanded my work, people passing by brought me material. That was such a great experience that I thought: Why not make a real event out of it?”

The idea for the campaign came Daniela when she put together her findings a few years ago. “Children came and expanded my work, people passing by brought me material. That was such a great experience that I thought: Why not make a real event out of it?”

Many beach walkers stop to look what is going on or spontaneously take part in the creative beach happening. “What is made from mussel, sepia bone and Co. every year is fascinating,” says Daniela. “Especially the very simple things of the children are great.”

“What is made from mussel, sepia bone and Co. every year is fascinating. Especially the very simple things made by children are great.”

Why are people so captivated by the idea of making mosaics out of sea goods? I think, washed up objects from the sea are magical. Maybe because you wonder which way this or that shell has made before ending up in front of your feet. How great the squid was that once belonged to this squid bone and what it looked like. How far this plastic bottle floated, who lost this shoe in the sea and why.

To make something new out of finds from the sea is fun. And to know that the next flood will wash it away again gives the event some wonderful melancholy.

“Von Meer zu Mehr” 2013

Participatory action
03.08.-11.08.2013
Main beach Rantum North, next to the camping place, Sylt

Impressions “Von Meer zu Mehr” 2012

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