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hat was the famed Earthscape sand

artist Andres Amador doing here?

And did he get ‘alone

time’ at Cathedral Cove?

Happenstance. Andres shares the answer,

“A gorgeous beach with a dramatic tunnel

that joins 2 stretches of sand. I know this is

a very popular beach, with upwards of 2000

people a day during the summer. We had the

rare experience of being the sole people there

for several hours when workers closed the

trail while paving the trail (ugh!) to the beach.

We had gotten there before the work had

commenced (arriving before dawn) and so were

actually trapped on the beach! A great place to

have to spend a few hours!”

What an unexpected opportunity! Happily

trapped, Andres ‘painted’ the masterpiece

shown above, undisturbed by the usual crowds

visiting one of the most popular spots on the

Coromandel. Wish we were there!


“I’ve been intrigued for a number of years

about New Zealand,” says Andres. “Nature and

people drew me. It seemed the perfect place

to do an extended visit and an opportunity to

do my art projects. It is truly the land of beauty,

with spectacular landscapes at every turn.”

And Andres does not just ‘doodle’ at the

surfline. Impressive works similar to this one

at Cathedral Cove were sketched at about 25

locations throughout North Island during his

three month journey. They can take up an entire

beach, crowd between tidepools, stretch up

an inlet’s sandbar, or wrap halfway around an

island (see following pages for more photos).

Amador arrived with his wife Ember and young

son Kavi in early February in search of sandy

coastlines to begin his ‘Lines Across Aotearoa’

project, part of a larger campaign, ‘Lines

Across the Earth’.

As he visits the planet’s continents, he

collaborates with local artists to create

‘ephemeral’ cultural designs on their sands.

And in NZ, he sought out Maori.

Andres’ creative process is recorded in stills

and video (often using drones) by collaborator,

NZ born Jonathan Clark. Their larger

project includes a major movie,



“This feature length film will cover everywhere

the project has taken us. So far, San Francisco,

Cape Cod, Cape Town, Ireland and NZ. Without

words, it will be carried by imagery and sound”.


ines across Aotearoa



artist sketches

sands of the


Could this photo be real? Cathedral Cove

attracts up to 2000 visitors per day and on a

typical day looks more like the photo below.

How could this person be sitting there in the

centre of an intricate sand sketched mandala

... ALONE?

This photo had been shared on Managing

Editor Carol Wright’s FB timeline. Her further

research revealed it was indeed Andres

Amador, and this stop was part of a three-

month New Zealand sand ‘campaign’.

I was thrilled with Carol’s discovery – not

only of Andres’ unique project, but also of the

awesome photos capturing the visit by talented

Kiwi born photographer Jonathan Clark. It is an

honour to share this collaborative partnership

with readers as our cover story.

– Tovi Daly


All photos by Jonathan Clark