Tuber of the Week #24: Sand Animation

Give me a thousand dollars in art studio equipment, materials, and paints and I'll produce something of little value (likely described as "a mess").

Provide Ilana Yahav a light, a glass table, and sand and she will give you this:



In researching sand animation, I saw that actor Ashton Kutcher recently promoted it via his social media tools.

Glad to see that I am not far behind the Hollywood trend setters with information.

Also, if you like this form of art and have 8 minutes, the Ukraine's Kseniya Simonova offers a moving sand animation telling the story of her homeland's occupation by the Nazis during WWII.

13 comments:

chuckmullis said...

Very Cool. I have never seen this art medium. I likewise could have all the necessary tools for any art and would only waste perfectly good art supplies.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

I agree with Chuck...that is very cool! Yes, my hubs was ready to burn his sweater when we got home but I had to remind him that it was all fun and games!

Stephanie Faris said...

You and Ashton...on the cutting edge! That's incredible.

angelcel said...

There is an advert here in the UK for tea and it beautifully styles the tea leaves into shapes just as this person does with sand. I had never seen anything like it before and had no idea, until today, that this was a separate art form. It's beautiful and very relaxing to watch. Thanks for sharing this. :)

A Doc 2 Be said...

Wow. That was amazing. Almost like a moving Escher picture!

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
I am still moved, like the other Ukrainians in the audience, over the
dramatic performance of Ms. Simonova.

Thank you for this. What a treasure.

The art is temporary-which somehow gives it more meaning.

Thank you,
Ann T.

Dan said...

Last year Qwest ran some ads based on this medium. Much cooler to see the non-commercial version.

I can guarantee that I could spill sand all through the house with the best/worst of them.

For an alternative (more static but heavily ritualized) form, take a look at Navajo sand paintings.

Expat From Hell said...

Dan beat me to this. I was thinking of what the Tibetans have done with this art form, but I think it's in the same genre. Gorgeous stuff, and kudos to you for getting it into your post! Best to you....EFH

thesilentspectator said...

I love your page layout. :)

Roxanna said...

I love watching the sand stuff! It's really beautiful.

terri said...

Amazing! My mind couldn't even begin to comprehend how to create art this way!

jaymiethorne said...

Wow, incredible to see someone create on the fly like that - how inspiring!

Holly said...

I have seen this before...and it is amazing...it is as good the first time as the last time. My son enjoyed watching too.