Sand Tales

Sand Tales

July 9, 2013

The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv hosts the summer sand sculpture festival “Fairy Tales from the Sand”, during which dozens of huge up to 4 meters high sand sculptures - images from classic children's fairy tales, as well as characters from today's popular children's literature are erected before our eyes. and comics.

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The exhibition is held for the third time. The previous one took place in 2011, and the very first one - in 2009.

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Organizers say that it took 700 tons of sand to make sculptures.

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Tsar Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, David and Goliath, Cheburashka and Spiderman rebelled in the museum of sand. The gates of the museum open after sunset, and the fabulous 4-meter figures come alive with the light of special searchlights.

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Cheburashka was made by a girl from Holland. If I find out what the eared friend of Soviet children captured her with, I will write.

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Giant figures - such monumental and at the same time so fragile - are created from specially selected and manually sifted sand.

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Looking at how the sculptures are made - with a shovel and trowel - you begin to think that art is accessible to all.But having seen the final result, you understand that only the elect are available!

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Sculptures made by an international team. It was prepared by the Dutch Sand Academy from Zotermer, near the Hague. Teams travel around the world and arrange a sand sculpture show in the summer and ice in the winter.

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In total, 15 sculptors come to Israel, representing different countries - Singapore, England, Portugal.

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In order to keep the unusual sandy sculptures for a long time and not to erode, they are made according to a special technology: raw materials are laid in layers in wooden forms, tamped and poured over with water. Sand pyramids are blown with air from special air-pressure automats, they are again watered and scrubbed with enormous mastiffs.

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Later sculptors with incisors conjure over the resulting solid blocks, turning them into large compositions depicting scenes from life and from fairy tales. All - out of the sand! In the sand, you can even convey the texture of a soft pile of carpet and stiff sails, eye expressions and emotions!

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In late August, a bulldozer will arrive at the museum and destroy all this fairy kingdom. Sculptors themselves are accustomed to this, though not easy.But after 3-4 months these sculptures crumble anyway due to wind or rain.

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