September 21 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Scores of pebbles have been used to create these works of art on the beach at Budleigh Salterton.
Intricate pebble art has appeared on the beach at Budleigh Salterton, delighting residents and holidaymakers.
Using the flattened shelf of the beach as a blank canvas, hundreds of pebbles of all shapes and sizes have been collected up and transformed into works of art.
The pebble designs include a giant heart and a sailboat, plus marine creatures including a jellyfish, seahorse and fish.
Budleigh’s uniquely-coloured pebbles have helped bring the works of art to life.
Black pebbles have been collected and used to create a penguin, with its feet fashioned entirely from yellow stones.
The town’s mayor, Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt, was full of praise for the ‘brilliant’ outdoor art enhancing the town – including the recent addition of murals by the Budleigh Salterton Decorative and Fine Arts Society.
She said the pebble art’s popularity was growing, and the town was in the spotlight, thanks to the word being spread through social media.
She said: “I think they’re fantastic. You see holidaymakers looking at them and you see people on Facebook talking about them.
“It’s another interesting thing to look at in Budleigh.”
Residents have invited people to enjoy the pebble art, but they are keen to preserve the work for as long as possible.
They are thought to have been created by a man living in the town.
Pam Sleeman, who lives in the town, told the Journal: “When I saw them I was gobsmacked.
“I didn’t think you could create something so amazing just using pebbles,
“He is a young local man and he goes around the beach searching for the right coloured pebbles.
“They are outstanding. I just hope somebody doesn’t spoil them.
“They are well worth a look.”