On the 21st September 2013 it is International Peace Day. We are making an event called ‘The Fallen’ on the D-Day landing beach of Arromanches in northern France that illustrates what happens with the absence of peace. It was on the 6th June 1944 that a total of 9,000 civilians, German forces and Allies lost their lives.
Our challenge is to represent those lives lost between the times of the tide with a stark visual representation using stencilled sand drawings of people on the beach. Each silhouette represents a life and when it is washed away its loss. There is no distinction between nationalities, they will only be known as ‘The Fallen’.
posted by chavenet
on Sep 25, 2013 -
"Video footage of the little artist at work recently surfaced
. It was uploaded to YouTube by MarineStation Amami, a hotel and dive center that assisted Yoji Okata and NHK in producing the video segment that aired last year. Of note, watch at around 1:20 when the fish takes a small shell in his mouth and plants it in the sculpture. Scientists believe that the shells are filled with vital nutrients and this is the soon-to-be-father’s way of preparing nourishment for the babies." UPDATE [Aug 26, 2013] [more inside]
posted by jammy
on Aug 26, 2013 -
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that a rubbish dump being created would, in the space of a century, become a protected area. Yet that is exactly what happened to what has come to be known as Glass Beach
, just outside Fort Bragg in California." [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Sep 1, 2011 -
Stunning pictures by Michael Yon show what happens when helicopters land in dust storms: The Kopp-Etchells Effect
is thought to be the result of static electricity created by friction as materials of dissimilar material strike against each other, in this case titanium/nickel blades moving through the air and dust, but a precise definition is as of now not known. [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Nov 21, 2009 -
The Falling Sand Game
is an engrossing but hard-to-describe online toy/game that lets you create environments using falling streams of sand, water, oil, and salt by adding fire, plants, clay, and other substances. Inspired by The Falling Sand Game
are a number of variations, such as PyroSand
, featuring many kinds of explosives, and Hell of Sand
, with little people who you can torture. One of the most interesting versions is The Powder Game
, which lets you paint with superballs, adjust air pressure, and build very satisfying volcanoes and gardens
. For even more, WxSand [downloadable .exe]
is a Windows version with lots more options and many interesting mods
. [Games are Java applets and are incredibly addictive, especially The Powder Game]
posted by blahblahblah
on Feb 7, 2008 -
it's everyone's favorite preschool art activity, now on your PC! Go sand art! Still, with this version you can't get into sand throwing fights with your friends...
posted by unreason
on Sep 21, 2002 -
Sand Castle Central!
"Your on-line source for all things sand sculpture, including free tips for beginners, information on the best sand carving tools, updated contest and master sculptor information, related links and lots of photos." - i'm off to the beach now...
posted by semper
on Oct 10, 2001 -