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Old 01-07-2010, 05:47 PM   #1
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This video shows the winner of "Ukraineís Got Talent," Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears, and she won the top prize of about £75,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple, sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear, and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a womanís face crying, but then a baby arrives, and the woman smiles again. Once again, war returns, and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young womanís face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house..

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside, and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine , resulted in one in four of the populationís being killed, with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

Kseniya Simonova says: "I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And, thereís surely no bigger compliment."

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Old 01-07-2010, 06:48 PM   #2
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Theresa, thanks for sharing. I have always enjoyed sand art and this one was done with much passion.
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Very deeply moving. Thanks.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:59 PM   #4
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Amazing that she can tell the story in such a beautiful medium. Thank you for sharing the link with us.
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Theresa, Thank You, I Had Never Seen This Type Of Art Before. Very Moving And Impressive. Ed.
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very, very moving... just last week I finally saw the Elem Klimov film, Come And See, about the 1943 invasion/occupation/genocide of Belarussia...
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