Queen Elizabeth etched into the sand at Brighton Beach by Adelaide artist Sue Norman

Aussie artist makes incredible tribute to Queen Elizabeth by etching Her Majesty’s portrait in the sand of a popular beach

  • SA artist creates beautiful sand portrait of the late Queen on Adelaide beach 
  • She expected the work, which took three hours to create, to be washed away
  • To her surprise the water did not rise enough to erase the 12-metre artwork
  • Artist Sue Norman also invited people to lay flowers, which they did 
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Time and tide wait for no man but, perhaps miraculously, they have spared an artist’s majestic portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth, etched into the sand of an Adelaide beach.

Artist Sue Norman was expecting the high tide at Brighton Beach to wash away her 12-metre profile portrait of the Queen but the water kept a respectful distance.

Memories of the Queen, it turns out, do not wash away so easily. 

A sand artist expected her artwork honouring the late Queen Elizabeth to be washed away with the tide on Adelaide's Brighton Beach but it was 'miraculously spared'

A sand artist expected her artwork honouring the late Queen Elizabeth to be washed away with the tide on Adelaide’s Brighton Beach but it was ‘miraculously spared’

‘I’m so surprised that the Queen’s sandala not only lasted until sunset, but the tide never came up high enough to wash it away,’ Ms Norman wrote on Facebook. 

Ms Norman had earlier invited people to come see the artwork and lay flowers while it lasted, which she had thought would be until around 6pm and high tide.

Those commenting on Facebook shared Ms Norman’s surprise and joy that the artwork had endured.

‘Absolutely stunning! Well done,’ one said. 

Amazing and thank you for your hard work in making it a special day. It was beautiful,’ wrote another.

Sand artist Sue Norman began work on the 12-metre portrait at 10am on Monday morning

Sand artist Sue Norman began work on the 12-metre portrait at 10am on Monday morning

One of the more scientifically minded offered an explanation.

‘Dodge tide and full moon this week by the looks of it. That probably explains why,’ they wrote. 

Ms Norman began the profile, which looks like the silhouette of the Queen as it would appear on a stamp or coin, at 10am in the morning and it took three hours to make.  

‘A beautiful day to create a memorial sandala for the Queen,’ she wrote on Facebook.

‘I loved that at one stage a Monarch butterfly flew across it.’

The work, that took Ms Norman three hours to create, was expected to last only until about 6pm on Monday evening

The work, that took Ms Norman three hours to create, was expected to last only until about 6pm on Monday evening

A ‘sandala’ is Ms Norman’s blending of the word describing her favourite artistic medium with mandala, which is circular artwork often with religious patterning.

Ms Norman told ABC Radio that hundreds of people had come to look at the creation. 

“We’ve seen it in London, the people queuing to walk past and pay homage to the Queen for the last time and there are a lot of people here and around the world who can’t do that, so I guess I’ve created a space,” she said.

“That’s one of the things I enjoy about the sand mandalas — the impermanence of it. It takes the feelings away.’ 

Ms Norman invited people to bring flowers to lay on her profile of the Queen, which they did

Ms Norman invited people to bring flowers to lay on her profile of the Queen, which they did

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