Back on the beach, we toiled away at our oversized flower field. Against a backdrop of guano-speckled rock islands and foamy crashing waves, three reporters used sticks with nails on the end to make large, curving lines all over the beach. The rest of the group then drew in about 30 large flowers at the intersections of these lines using small rakes and a previously approved design. Finally, we all used larger rakes to black out everything that wasn't a flower.
What seems like a simple enough process translates into a few hours of work, which is complicated by the fact that from the ground, the design looks jumbled and messy. Looking over the plane of the beach, one could only see a mostly darkened expanse, marked intermittently by untouched areas that didn't look like flowers at all.
...from the chaos, a beautiful work of art emerges.
Tired and slightly doubting the expertise of our leader, we begrudgingly scampered up the cliff to the Cliff House, getting an expansive view of…a beautiful field of flowers in the sand! Our faith in Andres was restored as well as our belief that sometimes you have to take a step back to see the big picture. This lesson is one that Andres is happy to share through his art.
"From the beach, everything looked pretty chaotic, right?" We nodded our heads in agreement. "But from the chaos, a beautiful work of art emerges. That's what's so cool about this art," he beamed. We understood exactly what he meant.
"Sometimes you have to take a step BACK to SEE the BIG PICTURE."