Evolution abridged - sand sculpture

in OnChainArt3 months ago

I should have really documented this one before my last posts on 'To the moon via the beach, Pt1 Pt2 but my dates got all mixed up. One of my cameras had the wrong metadata.

After a long absence from Copenhagen, sand sculpture had a new festival and I was so excited. I love this city and its people, so laid back and fun. The project was organised by the great Martin Tillinius who has sadly past away too soon. He was actually the one who gave me my start in sand sculpture one of the few project organisers who took sand sculpture seriously as an art form. So much so that he always gave the artists the time and the space they needed to create and because of this his projects was where the best work always happened. He was also one of the rising stars of Danish theatre, being an accomplished director and also having his own renowned theatre company 'Kaleidoscope'

The theme was something to do with a journey through time and I was asked to create a piece to start the ball rolling. They say the person who created time made lots of it and so to condense history somewhat. I wanted to take the first 13 billion years and represent it in a sculpture. Up to where I think Darwin could take over.

Now, I am no molecular biologist but I thought I could take a stab at showing what happened in these early days of the Universe.

The history of the Universe in one paragraph

What I figure happened was that Matter likes company and so from the very beginning, the Quarks were bobbing around looking for other Quarks to hang out with. Some fell in love and produced Hadrons who went on to form atoms. These soon got lonely and wanted to group together into molecules. Two Hydrogens invited an Oxygen atom into their relationship and the first threesome happened. ( I'm sure you are getting wet just thinking about it). As more complex relationships formed new communes sprung up. There was Thymine, Cytosine, Adenine and Guanine and they thought it would be fun to join forces but the whole thing spiralled out of control till a central religion of DNA was invented. This DNA started to exert control on the other molecules and atoms and started building towns and city to help spread the good word of 'Genetics'. Towns and cities had trade deals and realised that if they worked together they could take on and consume other competing states. Eventually, these systems got overly complex and a species developed that seemed to not understand how the whole system was so intertwined and was hell-bent on destroying it all for its own selfish needs.
The End, of the beginning

In the first section of my piece, I showed the formation of DNA from the smaller particles. Maybe not exactly as it happened but, I hope you get the idea.

The DNA (Or the Deoxyribonucleic acid as the nerds call it) flowed into the centre of a large ammonite like creature. As you can probably tell from my username I am fascinated by these creatures.

I think it is the spiral form that does it for me. It gives a very strong sense of movement although I have yet to decide if it is drawing you in or spitting you out.


I was really having a lot of fun in peace and quiet making this sculpture. Well, that was until the Danish Navy decided to park a warship beside me and leave the engine running. Ah, Frigate! At least I think it was a frigate. The noise and the smell of fumes really was irriating. Finally, I had to tell them that I heard on the news that the US was thinking of invading Greenland and so they hauled up their anchor and off they sailed into the sunset.

The tentacles of the Ammonite morphed into a writhing mass of humans. The history was very abridged but I think it got the audience up to speed on what to expect for the rest of the exhibition.

I like the overall composition and the wat it flowed from one side to the other. It may not have been historically accurate but for me, it was more about the flowing of different forms of evolution into each other.

What a nice project. The light in Denmark is wonderful to carve by and it was fun to be that close to the centre of town while still being in a nice tranquil area with some of my fellow species.


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To the moon via the beach (The Moon) - sand sculpture

To the moon via the beach ( The Beach) - sand sculpture

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Anyone slightly creeped out that the ammonite creature looks bigger than the boat in the background? Reminds me of those old treasure maps with depictions of various sea monsters in various oceans, as a warning not to venture into dangerous realms.

Beyond here be Dragons arhhh! Yes I know exactly what you mean both for the boat and the old time illustrations. Cheers

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Seamen!! This is great stuff... the origins of species. We all come from dust.

And into dust we shall return. It's all swings and roundabouts. Thanks Mineopoly

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Ammoniiiiiiiiiite Dynamiiiiiiiiiiiit 💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥

It all started with a big bang. Thanks Opidia

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these are incredible. Thanks for sharing this. Very cool

Thank you @scubahead, cool name by the way.

Thanks :) combines 2 loves of mine Scuba and Motorhead

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Very nice! I loved the nerdy part of this article hihi. Thanks!

I figured you would like that bit. Thanks

My pleasure!

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I dunno your story “seems” legit and it seems that if you can tell a convincing enough story that people “feel” must be right and/or it agrees with their world view then they’ll accept it as infallible truth and defend it to the death even if it’s at some point proven beyond any reasonable doubt to be wrong at some stage 😜

The flow is pretty great. And looks like it was also flowing into a neighbouring sculpture, did the entire thing merrily flow together? 😃

All my stories are 100% Legit, especially in my head.

It always depends who you work beside it you want to get a nice flow between the sculptures I usually try to have some sort of visual connection as it helps carry the eye along. With this project, there was some sort of overall history running through the pieces but some artists just want to draw the line and not connect to their neighbours.


some artists just want to draw the line and not connect to their neighbours.

Not sure why you'd agree to work in what's essentially a group project if you want to be a diva o_O

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Getting it out there on Twitter.

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When I saw this post I immediately saw an opportunity to share my own sand sculpture, recently done at Semaphore, South Australia...We'll leave it up to the community to decides who's is best...


Seriously though, nice work...Must take a lot of skill, and some patience I'd say.

Sorry for late reply it probably seemed quite rude but I got pulled away to work in internetless land.
I see your sandcastle and I raise you my attempt

Not too hot I know but it is part of a disaster post I am now writing. Thanks for showing me your wares.

Hey there, that's ok, I figured you were busy or some such thing. It happens.

So yeah, I think the hive community would definitely select your work over my fully-retarded and pretty terrible attempt for a sand castle. Lol.

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Wow, you were right, there are some great sand sculptures on your page. Thanks for mentioning something!

I guess it appears a few more times on different twitter accounts, so here is from me:

but I have my tweets embedded on my Visionary Art Gallery website, so it shows up there as well:

Thanks @Thermoplastic and sorry for delay.

I really love to see your work, it's wonderful to see how you manage to interweave so many elements and at the same time define detail within a beautiful "sand chaos".

Hi and sorry for delay. No computing for me this last week. Thanks so much for your comment. This was a fun project to make with all the blending of different elements and forms. One of the great things about sand is that it allows me to work so big and so free. It is really like sketching in 3D.