Sunday, February 27, 2011

Africa! The sand sculptures in Tottori

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Just behind the sand dunes in Tottori is the Sand Art Museum that opened in 2006 and has just finished its fourth exhibition on the theme of Africa.

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Artists from Europe, North America, and Australia created large scale sculptures and tableau.

The exhibition ran from April 2010 until January 2011, so I suspect the are now working on the fifth exhibition.

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Most of the sculptures are in the open air, so I suspect there must be some kind of resin or epoxy mixed with the sand to allow them to survive in the weather.

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One huge tableau though was exhibited under several canvas structures.

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Each exhibition has gotten larger and involved more invited artists, so it will be interesting to see what the next theme will be.

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5 comments:

  1. they are absolutely amazing, the monkey looks like he is about to give a speech. Interesting that they are so short lived - like the cherry blossoms.

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  2. Amazing sculptures!!
    Monkeys and elephants are wonderful!
    So sad that hey are only temporary pieces of art :(

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  3. That's really cool. Everything is so detailed and precise. Who knew you could do that with sand!

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  4. Magnificent photos with a nice color and excellent framing of these amazing sculptures.

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  5. Too bad I missed that. I went to Tottori in April 2011. Yet it was really great. I enjoyed the sand dunes for hours :)

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