Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sand Paintings

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.
~ Jorge Luis Borges

A variety of sand paintings this week, plus videos at the bottom.

Tibet Mandala Sand Painting
photo by Max Yuyshin

Fischer Institute Presents: Tibetan Lamas of the Drepung Loseling Monastery
photo by Claudia Snell, Nichols College

Sand altar employed in the rites of the Mountain Chant, a Navaho medicine ceremony of nine days' duration, 1907
photo by Edward S. Curtis

Return from active service, Falklands, P and O. Canberra
by Brian Pike using natural colored sands as 'paint,' discarded feathers as 'brushes,' and plywood offcuts as a 'canvass'

Sand table made ​​by local artists, Mar Lodj, Senegal

These next four are by Joe Mangrum. I chose the first shot because I thought you might like a close-up of how he does it:

Sand Painting in Central Park
by Joe Mangrum
photo by Asterio Tecson

Joe Mangrum Sand Painting
by Joe Mangrum
photo by Asterio Tecson

Joe Mangrum Sand Painting
by Joe Mangrum
photo by Scott Beale

Washington Square Sand Painting
by Joe Mangrum
photo by Johnny Peacock

A gallery of work by Ukrainian sand artist Kseniya Simonova


Linda at teacherdance said...

I watched a Native American group do a sand painting once Tabatha. It was amazing. I love that they are ephemeral, here, beautiful, to be swept away by the wind. Thanks for all of these!

HWY said...

These are masterful pieces of sand painting. I was especially interested in the ship painting by Pike. Fascinating!

Mangrum's works are beautiful and really epitomize the fleeting nature of these can be sure they wouldn't last long on a city walkway!