Seashells aren't the only thing that you can find on the beach. If you're lucky, you may stumble across one of Justin Bateman‘s carefully made works of art. The UK-based artist uses colorful pebbles to recreate masterpieces like Mona Lisa and Girl With a Pearl Earring as exquisite land art.
All of these pieces are made on-site and survive for a short amount of time. For Bateman, the creative process of putting together the mosaic is more satisfying than making a permanent mark. So, after spending several hours piecing each artwork together, the artist has to relinquish the work to the environment it was made in and accept its ephemerality.
To make each mosaic, Bateman uses a rainbow of found stones, both big and small. As he arranges them according to hue and size, he is able to create effects similar to painting. Each figure is modeled in light and shadow so that from afar, they look remarkably close to the image they are based on. The artist even replicates the artwork's background and frame so that it looks as though the picture was left on the seashore.