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The Sand Castle | illusionary fantasy superrealism
The Sand CastleDuring a lifetime, there are periods when we fall out of a state of integrity, stability, and understanding of ourselves. We seem to fall into so called dead zone, our perception of reality is greatly narrowed, and we see only that everything is bad for us. And we have no power to fight that. In order to find a way out, sometimes, it is enough to step back from the situation, and look at it from some distance, or via eyes of another person. For example, the eyes of an artist who may paint thing he wants, by using the full power of his creative abilities. The artist evades routine views and gives freedom to his imagination in a search for new roots and solutions.
The Sand Castle artwork uncovers a topic of the impasse, or a lost path. The artist here uses a quasi-fantastic analogy with the ship, which has long and hopelessly run into the coastal sand. Once, it was full of vitality, there was speed, power, confidence, and freedom. Greatness is still could be perceived in its outlines. It stands tall, without deviating in any direction, and the sails are still remained on its dream mast. But the water as a symbol of a vital force gradually left from under it and the ship stands on the dry shore. The inability to move forward embodies the load of sand on the ship’s deck. Despite the fact, that the sand castle is beautiful and elegant, and a real work of art itself, it presses the ship down and turns it into a dead foundation for a monumental sculpture.
Building Sand Castles are always the personification of a fantastic, impossible idea, an allegory of a person moving in the wrong direction or a person who makes up an illusory project. It’s a metaphor for somebody, who lacked the determination and motivation to realize his dream. The ship on the ground, on the shore we are perceive tragically. It is impossible for it to move and there is no need for that. It is stuck in the sand with the sand castle on board creating a sense of being lost. Small water puddles with its reflection is the allusion of what should have been, but never happened. Its monumentality completes by rope tackles. They forever anchored it in this place, subdued, and deprived of freedom of action. But at the same time they turned the old ship into an art object. The sculpture of a mammoth is a reminder of times (a whimsical combination of sand and wood fragments) shares the loneliness of the abandoned ship. Lost way, lost paradise… Why does humanity need beauty? Why do we like beautiful landscapes, architecture, flowers and such? What does beauty in general mean? The harmony of form, color, and space creates somehow harmony in a human soul. All people in their subconscious level have a memory of the Upper world, of that very "lost paradise". Some people remember, feel "lost paradise" better than others, and they become artists, poets, or musicians. Where does the artist draw his ideas from? Are they from within? But they are not really there, they come from somewhere else. From some universal sources with which he is connected, from which he gets ideas for his work. Art is the direct path to the true understanding of the World.
The art of building objects of sand was born in America in the late 1970s. Harry Kiri is the pioneer of this fun activity. Sand Sculptures made as an art form have become popular lately. And this is not accidental, since it is directly related to the new properties of the material from which they are made. The sand sculptors use special sprayers that bind the grains of sand. Basically it's all kinds of glues and varnishes. Thanks to them, sand sculptures can stay in shape for several months. However, there are purist’s sand sculptors - masters who do not use artificial additives. Sand sculptures leave no one indifferent. Building castles from sand - henceforth it's not just an allegorical saying anymore, but a factual reality. *
© George Grie, 2008
Software media: Adobe Photoshop ®, Adobe Illustrator ®, Autodesk 3ds Max ®, Planetside Terragen ®, Photo Stock, Paint Shop Pro Photo ®,
(Title Rus) Замок из песка
*Text editor Heather W.W.
2010. Science Geeks magazine, South Korea, artworks: Dehydration, The Sand Castle, and The Flying Dutchman, published in science magazine for kids.
2008. DVD &CD cover, Recorded live at The Fridge, London, 05/05/1991. Gongmaison, Gong is a Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock band.
2007. CD cover, A Boy's world, Gert Emmens, Denmark, fresh and unique electronic music work.
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