Dubai multidisciplinary artist Nathaniel Alapide has taken the art of sand drawing a step further, wowing us with his talent.
Alapide, who is originally from the Philippines, turned Dubai’s desert into a giant monogram for the British luxury fashion house Burberry.
The clips, shared on the brand’s Instagram page on Wednesday, showed the artist’s velvet-like sand creation of the label’s distinctive TB monogram sandwiched between the city’s dunes.
The artist said he used crushed stones, to prevent the wind from destroying his work, and it took him almost a week to create the massive artwork that is located in Al Faqa desert, a village on the border of Dubai and the eastern region of Abu Dhabi.
To avoid the summer heat and humidity, Alapide, who has been living in the UAE for 17 years, works on his sand creations in the morning.
Before pursuing art as a full-time job four years ago, Alapide was an aquarium specialist. He was working in an aquarium in Atlantis, The Palm, feeding sharks.
He then chose to pursue his art as his career. “It started when I made a tribute for my grandmother, I created a massive drawing of a tree on the beach and that’s how it started, From there I found that the process is very therapeutic.”
And you can often find his unique art by the beach at Dubai’s Rixos Premium JBR.