Onno grew up in Zeeland and used to spend a lot of time on the beach. During walks on the
beach, he was always fascinated by the patterns left in the sand by the sea during low tide. In
2017, he started making prints of this moment. With moulds and kilograms of plaster, he would
go to the beach early in the morning to copy the most beautiful patterns He wanted to team up
with the sea. After all, each pattern is unique and disappears forever once the tide turns. The
plaster tiles are then taken to his workshop in Eindhoven and used as a negative to make a tile out of epoxy clay. A silicone mould is then made of this so that the final wall object can be cast
with coloured transparent polyester.
Ultimately, he wants to create a series of several days in the year in which he searches for the
most beautiful patterns in the sand. These days can be linked to special moments in the tidal
process, such as slack tides, spring tides, and neap tides. In addition, the project relates to time.
Time linked to data, we can predict astronomical tides with reasonable accuracy years in
advance. But the pattern in the sand only exists for a few hours. He usually only has an hour to
cast the plaster before the water rises again, but the pattern he copies will exist forever.