Incredible pieces of art are being created for walkers to find on beaches and footpaths.

James Brunt, 46, arranges stones and leaves into beautiful works of art that last for no more than an hour. The Yorkshire artist uses their natural tones to create stunning mosaic leave patterns and stone stacks reminiscent of aboriginal art.

Pictures of his 'ephemeral art' has gone viral on social media after he was inspired to work with nature while walking his dog seven years ago. He has since created some 20,000 sculptures which take about six hours to make - but last until the tide washes them away or wind blows away the leaves.

Incredible Works Of Art Are Being Created That Only Last One Hour. Credit: SWNS
Incredible Works Of Art Are Being Created That Only Last One Hour. Credit: SWNS


The Stunning Art Is Appearing On Beaches. Credit: SWNS
The Stunning Art Is Appearing On Beaches. Credit: SWNS

The dad-of-two, who worked in art engagement in local authorities after studying at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, said his works were often destroyed before anyone could see them made them.

He urged walkers on the Yorkshire coast and woodland to keep a look out for them, saying: "For me it makes it more precious - I quite like the idea that somebody may come across it and it may only be one other person and one other family who have that experience of seeing it in the flesh.

"About seven years ago I made the decision to start making work again, at the same time I developed a passion for the outdoors - it just started off as a combination of the two.

"For three to four years I used to go out with my dog Foxy and we would stop and make work.

"Earlier this year I had a little bit of a meeting with myself in my head... trying to push myself in how far I could take the work."

Asked if a particular artist had inspired him, Mr Brunt, who co-runs the arts group Responsible Fishing UK, said: "Not at all, I'm inspired by the location.

"Probably 90 percent of the work I do is in woodlands or off public footpaths. I'm now looking at doing it in other locations across the Yorkshire coast.

"I'm kind of using the material around me, whether that's leaves in autumn or stones on the beach.

Leaf Art. Credit: SWNS
Leaf Art. Credit: SWNS


These get blown away as soon as the wind blows. Credit: SWNS
These get blown away as soon as the wind blows. Credit: SWNS

He continued: "Particularly the leaves are interesting because they are done in a real partnership with the weather. I look for areas which are maybe quite secluded in the woods. I use stick to weigh down the leaves or ever to create little barriers around them."

He has worked quietly and developed a small online following of similar artists until his pictures went viral on social media two weeks ago.

Mr Brunt now hopes his art could earn him a living, saying: "It's very exciting how this could go, it could be a bit of a game changer."

It's very exciting how this could go, it could be a bit of a game changer. Credit: SWNS
It's very exciting how this could go, it could be a bit of a game changer. Credit: SWNS

"For me it's a bit of a labour of love, I never sought to be popular, I just sought to make something that makes me comfortable and happy."

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Edward Watkinson

Ed Watkinson is a content strategist and editor at LADbible Group. Ed works across both marketing and editorial and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 and Trash Isle campaigns.

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