Le Voyage Dans La Lune - sand sculpture

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After my last post this will be a bit shorter, by a long mile. There was still one more block of sand to carve for my last day in Weymouth. I only had a couple of hours before having to go to the airport and since the project was based on science fiction I thought that it would be a good idea to pay homage to one of the first Scifi movies ever made, The 1902 Le Voyage Dans La Lune by Georges Méliès based on the 1865 Jules Verne novel From the Earth to the Moon.

I remember reading the book and being so impressed by the scientific detail and how much understanding Jules had of what the trip would require. From my memory, this movie was a surreal adaptation.

I include this movie still just in case I'm accused of plagiarism. Yes, my sculpture is a copy of this very iconic scene. I'm not great at copying so I think I will get away with it.

As you can see from the image it was still a bit unfinished when I ran out the door but I think one of the other carvers added the finishing touches to the base.

I was happy to get home to my new wife and show her how impressed I was with her handling of my mugging during the event. You can read all about it in my last post.

life imitating art

When you think that this movie was actually made 67 years before man first walked on the moon it is pretty impressive and looking at some of the characters in it would have been quite possible that some of them could have been tuning in on that fateful night of 1969 to see Niel Armstrong complete the journey.

The effects are really impressive also and I am sure it was an inspiration for many film-makers to come.


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Well we do have that "no copies/studies of paintings/drawings/3d illustrations" rule but as you're allowed to do studies from photos I guess we'll have to check with @midlet if it's okay to do sculptures from paintings/drawings/3d illustrations ^_^;

I think it should be fine and I'll feel extra bad if I have to ping you for this and apologies in advance if I'm back with the mod comment XP

I do like the sciencey stuff in Jules Verne's books. I haven't read this one yet or seen the movie (I haven't seen a lot of things). That poor moon XD though yours seems rather mildly exasperated than angry/hurt like the one in the picture :)

I hope because I am not the best at copying that it seems like a completely original piece of work;) I will take from the lack of ping that I got away with it. phew!

The movie is really quite special as you can see a lot of things that would go on to inspire everything that came after. It was like they were inventing film making.

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The power of the human mind to imagine things is outstanding

Sometimes I wonder do scientists get all their best ideas from science fiction.

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Beautiful hommage to a great piece of culture!