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The Beauty Of Sand Art

By on November 17, 2012

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever” proclaimed Keats!

And how true his words were. This prescient quote, even today, holds true for any work of art, however ephemeral its nature. In the rapidly changing world, art too has acquired a transitory nature. Dubbed by many as a “transitory art, whether it be the sculptures or animation on glass, Sand art has gained worldwide acclaim. This unique art form that requires nothing but everyday sand and  unfettered imagination has become a playground for all kinds of artists who wish to convey a message.  The best thing about Sand art is that it requires absolute minimal investment (no expensive artist paraphernalia, not even a studio, no canvas, no brushes) the whole outside world becomes a canvas, literally!

Do you remember your first few vacations to the beach as a child with your parents when you had your little shovel and bucket and could let your imagination run wild as you built sand castles with moats around them? Well Sand art is just the very same concept with elaborate castles, structures, persons, animals all carved in the sand often accompanied with a social message pertaining to current events. A variant of the sandcastle is the drip castle, made by mixing the sand with water and dripping it from a fist held above. Some refer to the technique as “dribbling. This adds to the almost eerie lifelike feel of the sculptures.

Another form of sand art is Sand animation which pushes the transitory nature of this art form even further. With designs that transform at a flick of a wrist, Sand animation is a unique platform for showing an artist’s grasp with varied designs. To paint with the sand, it is necessary to buy or create a sand art light box and fine sifted sand. After regular practice and finesse one can trade the everyday sand for a fine sifted variety and add more finesse to the creations.

Ukrainian talent contest winner, Kseniya Simonova gained worldwide fame and became an online phenomenon with her sand painting which depicted World War II .Manas Sahoo and group wooed the audience with their Commonwealth Games performance showcasing the Dandi March. Today Sand animation has found a groundswell of appreciation and was evident in the acclaim of Nitish Bharti, a practicing sand artist in Mumbai in the sets of India’s got talent season 4.  He also runs an academy Nitish Bharti Art for people interested to dabble in this filed. Sand sculptors like Sudarsan Pattnaik from Orissa create their masterpieces on the Puri sea beach. Sudarsan Pattnaik in fact has elevated the Sand art onto the world stage with his impeccable sand sculptures and has even showcased his talent on snow.

So just when the connoisseurs of art thought that the pinnacle of artistic achievement had been reached, Sand art burst in on the scene. With plebian tools like the shovel and a bucket and material such as sand, Sand art has been a hit with the masses. Sometimes the message portrayed is moving enough to reduce grown men to tears, as in the case of Yuvraj Singh on the sets of IGT season 4. This unprecedented acclaim and attention is solely due to the simple and touching messages this art form provides. In a way Sand art touches a chord with the common man, wishing to escape his humdrum existence and finds solace in a work of art, however fleeting its presence. Least lives the art, but long lives its appreciation. Touché! Mr. Keats for your quote. How right you were!

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