Video documentation Sand Clips (2012)

Sand Installation 1997-2020

A sand installation / sculpture / medium concept created by Jean-Pierre Hébert. A ball etches the sand, pulled invisibly by concealed means. This quiet, interactive installation can create beautiful sand etchings for the beholder’s enjoyment and for spiritually inclined meditations.

Hébert conceived this unique and original idea of adapting his very personal algorithmic process to draw in sand in 1997. He was inspired by Japanese Zen gardens and by a the book Designing the Earth: The Human Impulse to Shape Nature by David Bourdon. He built several sand installations, in collaboration with David Bothman. Among them, Ulysses was exhibited at Siggraph in 1999, and in 2005 with an interactive audio (in collaboration with Iannis Zannos).