via Teacher makes whiteboard artwork in his 25-minute lunch breaks
Gregory Euclide began making his ephemeral artworks to show pupils at his school in the Minnesota River Valley what could be achieved in just a short space of time.
But the students were so affected when he casually erased the beautiful creations that Mr Euclide decided to release a series of the temporary ink designs.
Each intricate piece was made using Japanese Sumi ink, whiteboard erasers, paper towels, spray bottles, brushes and any other objects he could find lying around the classroom.
‘In our culture, there is a strong emphasis on reproduction and the original seems less important,’ said Mr Euclide.
‘My students were shocked when I would erase the original, because they saw it firsthand, and they were disturbed that it was destroyed.
‘People who do not see the original have no problem only looking at it on a screen or as a print, but once you see the original it is hard to let it go or believe that it could be destroyed.’
The teacher links this concept of accepting impermanence to society’s impact on the natural world.
‘When people get to know nature and spend time in it, they start to realise how their actions affect it,’ he said.