What’s be­hind Tan­num’s sand cir­cles?

The Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Te­gan An­nett te­gan.an­nett@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

THE Tan­num Sands beach has be­come a can­vas for a steel man­u­fac­turer who’s swapped his tools for a rake.

Peter Din­ham and his wife Jedda vis­ited Tan­num Sands for the sec­ond time this week to cre­ate a unique beach art work.

Us­ing just a rake, the Tweed coast man cre­ates pat­terns in the sand at low tide.

“We’ve met some lovely peo­ple at Tan­num; they’re al­ways happy, which I can un­der­stand be­cause it’s a beau­ti­ful place,” Mr Din­ham said.

Mr Din­ham and his wife are on a six-week hol­i­day trav­el­ling up the north Queens­land coast, leav­ing a trail of nat­u­ral art works along the way.

A steel man­u­fac­turer by trade, Mr Din­ham said his two sons had taken over his busi­ness at Tweed Heads so he and Jedda could travel and make art at beaches, lakes and rivers.

He re­turned to Tan­num Sands on Tues­day, telling his so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers it would be a 6.30am start on at Ca­noe Point where he cre­ated his lat­est art­work.

Yes­ter­day, the cou­ple spent their morn­ing mak­ing art out of rocks at the Cal­liope River.

A small crowd of lo­cals watched on and pho­tographed dur­ing his 90 min­utes of rak­ing pat­terns into the sand.

“I just love na­ture and the beach is good be­cause it cleans the can­vas off for me ev­ery day,” he said.

“I love it, it’s quiet and it’s my med­i­ta­tion.”

Mr Din­ham said his sand and rock art was a new­found love.

“I’ve al­ways done sculp­tures, so this is a rel­a­tively new thing for me, where I just use na­ture,” he said.

Mr Din­ham will re­turn to Tan­num Sands in about a month for his next beach art­work.

Visit the Wurri Rock De­signs Face­book or im­per­ma­nence_pd on In­sta­gram for pho­tos and de­tails on up­com­ing visits to Tan­num Sands and Cal­liope.

PHOTO: WURRI ROCK DE­SIGNS FACE­BOOK

SAND CIR­CLES: Tan­num Sands beach has be­come a favourite of Peter Din­ham's for his spec­tac­u­lar sand art­works.

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