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1.29.2010

Sand Drawing

I may be late to the party on this, but I'd never seen it. As described in an email: This video shows the winner of 2009’s " Ukraine ’s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch. The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about $75,000. She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated. It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears. She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier. This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house. In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye... The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine , resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw that particular sand drawing. Pretty awesome.

There are others who do that kind of art work.

It is amazing!

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely fantastic talent!!

R and R said...

I was going to say, "I can do that"! Until she got all fancy smancy with it. LOL

Anonymous said...

I'm not an Artsie kind of guy but that was truly amazing, very impressed and I'm sure it meant more to those from that part of the world. On top of that, she can play in my sand box anytime she wants too.

Anonymous said...

I bet Banjo's would be purdy hard to do.

Not so Wise in the County said...

Near the end of this performance, the back ground music which is almost all symphonic changes over to a rendition of Metallica's Nothing Else Matters, wife did not believe me, until I played them side by side, since then I have found this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSMXMv0noY4 very neat.

chupacabra said...

I've always said the world needs more hot Rainwomen and string orhestra arrangments of Metallica's Nothing Else Matters.

Thanks Barry, I'm complete.

Anonymous said...

The Great Patriotic War of Ukraine was due to Stalin's invasion. More than 75% of those that died expired due to starvation within ONE year.

Anonymous said...

8:29 - don't try to re-write history. The Great Patriotic War was Russia against Hitler's Axis. Ukraine was part of the USSR at the time (they were on "our" side, then).

The sand art sequence is amazing - real talent!

Judy said...

Truly amazing!!! Have never seen this before, and the scene of the monument to the Unknown Soldier brought tears to my eyes.

Awesome, Barry!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who did the rest of the music on the sand painting?DAGO