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Watch this: Ron – Thames foreshore sand-sculptor

Posted at 2:00 pm, August 15, 2013 in Fun London
Ron the Beach Captain, Thames, London

Take six minutes out of your day to enjoy Tom Akerman’s charming video portrait of The Beach Captain, who you’ll probably have seen sculpting sand down by Gabriel’s Wharf on the Southbank.

‘We have all the tourists, the local people, they just stand around the railings and they stand there and watch us for hours. And they love to see it when it’s built, but a lot of them come back to see how it’s washed away when the tide comes in. And they say to you “Where’s it gone? where’s it gone?” and I say, “Well, the tide’s taken it.” ‘

“Doesn’t that upset you?” and I say “No, because all good artists, if they’re drawing on a blank sheet of paper, when the paper’s full, they turn over and do something else on another piece of paper. So it’s the exact same for us.” ‘

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