Drone footage shows amazing view of sand art on Roker beach

A Sunderland artist has been making his mark on Sunderland’s beaches.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 6:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 7:50 am

The anonymous artist – who uses the name Eyes when making his stunning creations – was hard at work between Roker and Seaburn over the weekend.

Hundreds of people took time out from their daily exercise walks along the promenade and clifftop to watch him work.

Eyes said he had been inspired to create sand art by Trainspotting director Danny Boyles’ Pages of the Sea project in 2018, which saw the faces of people who had traveled abroad to serve during the First World War created on beaches across the country to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day: "I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now. I thought ‘If somebody can come down and do that, I can have a go’,” he said.

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“It doesn’t take long to plan out the designs but the raking takes a while.”

Passerby Colin Stead is a fan of Eyes’ work and was using his drone to capture a bird’s view of the on-going work.

The finished design. Picture: Colin Stead

"I have seen him a few times but by the time I have got home and got the drone it has been too late,” he said.

"This time I was just passing, I saw 30 or 40 people at the railings and I thought: ‘Eyes is down there’.

"Luckily I had the drone with me and I got down to the beach as he was just starting.”

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Hundreds of people took time to watch Eyes at work