In his spare time, Sebastian “Subby” Privitera heads to the beach with a metal rake.
A short time later, the sand is transformed into a piece of art that can stretch 75 feet in diameter and attract oohs and aahs from beachgoers and social media users alike.
“I’ve always liked creating things, making things,” said Privitera. “It’s just nice hearing people say, ‘Oh it looks nice.’ It’s a great feeling. To me, it’s like therapy.”
The Lawrence father of two adult children and longtime Market Basket employee has no formal art training. He said he used to build sandcastles on the beach with his kids as they grew up and then one year, after a neck surgery prevented him from shoveling, he brought a rake to the beach instead.
“I started drawing designs and started making them bigger and bigger and this is what it transpired into,” he said.
Earlier this month, he created a mandala on Hampton Beach in Hampton, N.H., which was shared on the beach’s Facebook page. It drew nearly 3,000 likes, more than 500 shares, and nearly 200 comments, many of them along the lines of “beautiful!” and “amazing!”
If you were in Hampton today you might have seen Sebastian Subby Privitera creating some incredibly beautiful Sandart……