A giant image of the Mael brothers Ron and Russell, aka Sparks, has been carved into the sand on Brean beach, Somerset. The work was created by Simon Beck who was moved to create the impressive work to celebrate the release of the new film about the two, called The Sparks Brothers.

Simon Beck, a land artist, works with a rake and a magnetic compass. Simon created his first design on snow (by running in snow shows) in the Alps in 2004, they are shimmering geometric images with a beautifully tactile quality. His first sand design was in 2014. The drawing of Sparks is Simon’s 175th design on the beach.

The upcoming film is directed by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz) and it explores the career of the influential band.

The Mael brothers were impressed by Simon’s work, saying, ”We’ve seen fan art, Sparks tattoos, Sparks fashion design, Sparks cosplay, etc., etc., but this is absolutely amazing in its scope and ambition.

“The remoteness of the location and the temporal quality of the beach sand drawings only adds to the sheer stunning head shaking quality of it all. Yikes. Coming soon to a beach near you.” 

Sparks are currently working on a new studio album and will be on tour in 2022.


Photography © Simon Beck

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