Sand sculpter spends hours on Southbank Simpsons creations

13:03 01 May 2014

Homer celebrates the Olympics. (Photo by Duncan Cumming at https://www.flickr.com/photos/duncan/)

Homer celebrates the Olympics. (Photo by Duncan Cumming at https://www.flickr.com/photos/duncan/)

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Did you see the amazing Homer Simpson sand art that appeared on Southbank this week? We spoke to Martin Artman, the man behind the creation, to find out why he does it.

Homer Simpson being created on Southbank on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Seth Elton)Homer Simpson being created on Southbank on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Seth Elton)

Click here to see 15 pictures of Martin’s awesome sand art.

The mysterious artist, who likes to emphasise his artiness with his name - mARTin ARTman - grew up in North Devon, which he attributes to his love for ‘playing in the sand’.

He now creates numerous sand art pieces in London too - and they generally capture characters from The Simpsons.

He said: “Why Homer? I am a fan of The Simpsons and a few years ago discovered my unusual talent for drawing The Simpsons characters in sand both remarkably accurately and on a grand scale.”

A partially-washed away Homer on Tuesday morning this week. (Photo by Lance Concannon)A partially-washed away Homer on Tuesday morning this week. (Photo by Lance Concannon)

They are grand indeed – a 100 foot carving of Homer took him six hours to create, and more ‘standard’ ones like the one seen this week take an hour and a half.

Why does he take all this time to draw on the beach?

He said: “I like how my sand art makes people smile – passers-by from three-years-old to 93-years-young and from all around the world recognise Homer Simpson and appreciate what I create.

“It’s such an unexpected thing to come across and adds to everyone’s experience and enjoyment of London.”

He described it as a combination of pop art, environmental art and street art.

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