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   Undertoad  Monday Jul 3 12:01 PM

7/3/2006: Sand sculptures



Axlrosen points to the Boston.com gallery of images of Belgium's Sand Sculptures Festival. It says there that "A team of 40 carvers from around the world spent five weeks building a giant sculpture representing the world of Sheherazade and the giant book of The Thousand and One Nights."



Wikipedia explains Sheherazade, and I edit:

King Shahryar learned that his wife was betraying him. In anger, every day Shahryar would marry a new wife, a virgin; spend the night with her; and at dawn he would send her to be beheaded. He repeated this cycle over and over, and killed 3000 of them.

Against her father's protestations, Scheherazade volunteered to spend one night with the King.

Once in the King's chambers, Scheherazade asked if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved sister, who had secretly been prepared to ask Scheherazade to tell a story during the long night. The King lay awake and listened with awe to Scheherazade's first story and asked for another... but Scheherazade pointed out there wasn't time, as dawn was breaking, and regretfully so, as the next story was even more exciting.

And so the King kept Scheherazade alive as he eagerly anticipated each new story, until, one thousand and one adventurous nights, and three sons later, the King had not only been entertained but wisely educated in morality and kindness by Scheherazade... who became his Queen.


It seems like a good idea for Belgium to spend weeks and weeks and a lot of money to retell this fable... of how to calm an angry Persian leader and simultaneously instruct him in morality and kindness. Of course one hopes to avoid the deaths of 3000 innocents before that kind of peace-bringing communicator volunteers.



Meanwhile in Yarmouth (UK), officials blame hooliganism for vandals ruining part of their 1m sand sculpture project. The story is sad, but the sign there is 100% British, and the shot sums up the state of the state: highly cultured, marvelously polite, and only occasionally ruined by a small minority of violent drunks.

(Apologies, BTW for not posting an image this weekend. I was busy.)



Ibby  Monday Jul 3 12:04 PM

Man, I wish I had that much free time.

...Wait, all I do is sit around and play guitar...

...Okay, I wish I had that kind of motivation.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jul 3 12:33 PM

sigh....If only there was just one Persian King to calm....sigh

From the UK link;

Quote:
Costly river sand, which can be fashioned into blocks for carving, was shipped into Yarmouth from Holland.
I wonder what's in that river sand that makes it stick together?

The world championships are in Canada


MsSparkie  Monday Jul 3 12:43 PM

Come on......you know you want to!



axlrosen  Monday Jul 3 05:30 PM

Rule number one of giant sand sculptures: Make damn sure you're happy with the top before you start working on the bottom.



milkfish  Monday Jul 3 06:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad


Meanwhile in Yarmouth (UK), officials blame hooliganism for vandals ruining part of their 1m sand sculpture project. The story is sad, but the sign there is 100% British, and the shot sums up the state of the state: highly cultured, marvelously polite, and only occasionally ruined by a small minority of violent drunks.
Judging from that picture, I hereby predict that the authorities will discover that those responsible are led by a certain "Arthur, King of the Britons."


capnhowdy  Monday Jul 3 07:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by axlrosen
Rule number one of giant sand sculptures: Make damn sure you're happy with the top before you start working on the bottom.
And take loads of pics ASAP.


sandypossum  Tuesday Jul 4 04:20 AM

Quote:
I wonder what's in that river sand that makes it stick together?
The grains of the sand they use is sort of cube shaped. The sort you usually see on beaches has roundish grains. Then they wet it and pound it hard into dense piles before they start sculpting. I saw a festival like this in the Netherlands - it's so weird to see it close up. Even if it rains or is really windy it hardly makes a difference. If untouched, it takes months to fall apart.


Ibby  Tuesday Jul 4 06:02 AM

Isn't that, like, cheating? They should use like, real beach sand.



Sundae  Tuesday Jul 4 07:26 AM

I thought the point of Scheherazade's stories was they they always had cliffhanger endings, so that the King kept her alive to hear the resolution. Or am I mixing up real life and soap operas again?

Bizarre that I find out news from my own country via IOTD! We used to go on holiday to Great Yarmouth every year... The only good thing about the vandals is that they WILL be stupid enough to boast about it to their brain-dead mates. Hopefully they'll end up with community service clearing litter off the beaches....



sandypossum  Tuesday Jul 4 07:32 AM

That's what I thought too, Sundae. Maybe it was a soap opera thing and each evening's cliffhanger was resolved the next day and merged into a new story ad infinitum.

And hey, Ibram, if they used real beach sand, it just wouldn't happen!



Happy Monkey  Tuesday Jul 4 08:40 AM

Sometimes there were cliffhanger endings, and sometimes she would finish the story and then say "but that's nothing compared to the story of X!, but we don't have time for that story tonight."



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jul 4 10:26 AM

Yeah, I also thought he kept her alive to hear the end the next night when she would finish one and start another. They must have taken breaks though, since they had three sons.



sandypossum  Tuesday Jul 4 10:40 AM

What's to say you can't tell a story and bonk at the same time? Women have always been into multi tasking.



Sundae  Tuesday Jul 4 11:12 AM

1001 Nights in the style of Big Brother (the TV show, NOT the book!)

Day 199 in the Palace of King Shahryar, and Scheherazade continues her story:

"So I was just about to tell you how me and my really fit mate were drunk one night, yeah? And we're in the Ladies with a couple of bottles of Bacardi Breezer and she sez did I want to see her new boob job, right?"



Jordon  Tuesday Jul 4 11:18 AM

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives~Socrates

My dear late wife used to do this same kind of Scheherezade scam. On our wedding night we started having sex, and at one point she says "Well, time's up for tonight. We'll have to finish up tomorrow night." The next night, same thing happens. I'm embarrassed to say how long this went on. I'm taking anger management classes now and I've become a Born-again Christian.

Women...

Transitory art is always so...transitory. It's like these artists in India who spend all night making elaborate sculptures of the Gods out of butter. Then the sun rises, and they watch them melt. They're probably all like thinking, "Jesus, what a fing waste of time that was. I've really got to start thinking things through more..."



MaggieL  Tuesday Jul 4 11:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jordon
I'm taking anger management classes now and I've become a Born-again Christian.
Funny how those two seem so right together. Was the anger management court-ordered?

Look who's back. :-)

(And those folks in India? They're actually thinking "OK, there's the butter. Now all we need is chickpea flour and sugar and we can make half a ton of ladu...")


MsSparkie  Tuesday Jul 4 12:05 PM

Corn on the cob, lobster, baked potatoes, popcorn, Last Tango In Paris....



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jul 4 01:27 PM

Quote:
It's like these artists in India who spend all night making elaborate sculptures of the Gods out of butter. Then the sun rises, and they watch them melt. They're probably all like thinking, "Jesus, what a fing waste of time that
WHAT?
You mean I ate all those Brussels sprouts, because Mom said they were going to bed hungry over there, and they were really up all night carving butter?

I feel so used.


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