By Luke Kenton
This awesome family bond by carving mesmerizing coloured murals into the sand, resulting in work worthy of SANDY Warhol himself.
In 2015, Laura Wright was enjoying just another day at the beach with her family, in Newport, California, when she decided to pick up a stick and start drawing flowers in the sand.
Seeing how much joy her innocuous doodles were bringing passers-by, Laura’s daughter, Darla, and her nieces, Kaitlyn Butler and Mila Martin, soon joined in, adding their own touches to the improvised sketch.
Two years later, Laura and her family’s first sketch has been followed by hundreds more, all being created with one simple message in mind: to help to balance out the overwhelming images of negativity thrown at us in everyday life.
Calling themselves the Low Tide Aliens, twice a month the creative collective descends onto Newport Beach to carve their positive messages into the sand, using only drumsticks and eco-friendly coloured sand.
Though the messages are often intended to be subtle and non-political, the LTA’s signature piece came in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, showing a phoenix rising from the ashes to encourage others “not to give up,” the family said.
Continuing the project in the hope that her daughter finds value in being recognised for their talents rather than looks on social media, Laura said: “My kids and I love the beach. We are often there very early in the morning to surf, play and just hang out.
“In a world where a woman’s worth is many times tied to her appearance, the fact they [Laura’s daughter and nieces] gain positive attention in social media and in the real-life world through exposing their talents within, rather than their outward appearances is so important.
“It puts the value of a girl in this world in a place, where she can grow strong and find herself in something that won’t fade, but become brighter with age and circumstance.
“These thing, as well as the bonding time it gives me with my kids, is why it’s so important to me.
“They all take approximately two hours to make, and we start and hour before the lowest tide.
“There is nothing of value, nothing to sell, nothing to critique, nothing to hang up on the wall or display once the tide comes up – that feels very liberating.
“I would love to scale this up so the joy we share in making these can reach more people or perhaps to act as a fundraiser.
“We’ve now invited friends and more family to join us over the last two years, but there’s six of us who are the regulars.
“We hope to keep doing this together for some time to come.”