Sand Sketches Beaches Provide Temporary Canvases for One California Artist
PAULINE CHIOU, CNN ANCHOR :Well, for an artist it must be rewarding to take a step back and admire a time-consuming project once it's finally finished. Well, one creator in California has to hurry if he wants to savor his handiwork. He's a man who takes beach combing to a whole new level, and his pictures are amazing. Ralitsa Vassileva has his story.
RALITSA VASSILEVA, CNN ANCHOR/ CORRESPONDENT :American artist Andres Amador has a unique style of art that disappears soon after it appears. The 38-year-old artist has created more than 100 works in five years, but you can only see them in a picture. Here's why.
Now you see it, now you don't. These unique works of art were made to disappear, and the American artist behind them is Andres Amador. He discovered this art form playing around with a walking stick. Now, Amador's paintbrush is a rake, his canvas-san Francisco's coastline.
RALITSA VASSILEVA, CNN ANCHOR/ CORRESPONDENT :But the tide can't take away the photograph that preserves the memory of Amador's art. So why create something that can't possibly last? Well, artist Andres Amador is joining us now from San Francisco.
So Andres, why create something so beautiful only to have it washed away in a few hours?
ANDRES AMADOR, ARTIST:Life is about the process, the doing. It's not about the end result. So, that would be probably the first and foremost. The second is that when you know something is not going to last, you stop and you pay attention to it. You appreciate it. You can't put it Off till later, and these pieces, sometimes they will only last maybe 10 minutes, maybe less. And so you have to stop, no matter how important, no matter how busy you are in your... whatever world you're in at that moment. You have to pay attention for just a bit. And that's a magical thing that something that will not last actually offers.
RALITSA VASSILEVA, CNN ANCHOR/ CORRESPONDENT :I would yell, too!
CNN主播 特派员 蕾丽莎·瓦希列娃:我也会叫的!
ANDRES AMADOR, ARTIST:And there's not much I can do about it. People who might be helping me on the beach itself, they often get frustrated, and I just kind of laugh because it's part of it. I want it to wash away. It's ...I'm letting my ideas out, and then I allow them to be dissolved.
RALITSA VASSILEVA, CNN ANCHOR/ CORRESPONDENT :But don't you miss it?
CNN主播 特派员 蕾丽莎·瓦希列娃:但是你不会想念它吗?
ANDRES AMADOR, ARTIST:It's not the ultimate... Once I'm done with a piece, I don't really stay there too long to watch it. I take photos and then I'm happy. I'm satisfied. It's really... it's about the making of it that has so much more power for me.
Scientists have revealed that organic and non-organic food contain pretty much the same amounts and kinds of vitamins and other nutrients. This might be surprising news for those of us who choose to buy organic believing it to be healthier. Researchers from America's Stanford University concluded that there might not be any extra health benefits to buying organic, thus people might be better off saving their money and buying non-organic produce. Lead researcher Dr Crystal Smith-Spangle said there was no difference in the vitamin content in fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products in organically- and conventionally-produced food. She said the only difference was slightly more phosphorus in the organic products.
Dr Smith-Spangle's review of over 200 different reports on organic food suggests people should perhaps revise their shopping choices, based on the levels of pesticides. Smith Spangler said both organic and conventional foods rarely exceeded the allowable limits for pesticides in the USA. She said the evidence wasn't too clear on whether the difference in pesticides would have an effect on health. She concluded by saying consumers should know there is overwhelming evidence that eating fruit and vegetables is good for your health, so people should eat more fresh produce, whether it is organic or conventional. Organic foods accounted for $31 billion in sales in the USA last year, up from $3.6 billion in 1997.