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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

If I could save sand in a bottle

Magnet #292 - Sand Art, Brazil

Yay, new favorite magnet. What? They're all my children, I can't really play favorites for real.

Finally! I finally got a Brazil magnet! Which is funny, because one of my first accounts was Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica (Embraer), the Brazilian jet manufacturer. I can't believe I never asked for a magnet from my client - he was always jetting up here, too! Sigh.

No matter. This totally supercute magnet was brought back to me by a client who just came back from a photoshoot in Brazil. Mind you, I haven't asked why I wasn't along for the shoot, but that's a whole other story. Yay, thanks for my Brazil magnet!

And how freakin' adorable is this tiny bottle? The art goes all the way around to the back of the tiny bottle. This image is actual size - it's only an inch and a half tall - supertiny hands musta made this one.

So I was looking into sand art, because I don't remember learning how to do it as a kid. But, apparently, it's huge in certain circles, and it dates back to the 1920s - in Petra, Jordan. Gradually, sand art made its way from Jordan over to England, and now you can find it almost anywhere from Tibet to Devonshire to Brazil. Mostly, the locals produce them to give tourists keepsakes with local scenes, using whatever local sand or chalk is available.

I did find this nifty YT vid of someone making art in a glass or bottle. It's almost like this artist is drawing my supercute magnet!
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The Geek said...

Two somewhat-related though not really comments to your post today... please forgive the scatterbrainedness (new word).

My little sister is doing her PhD on the bossa nova and wants to spend time in Brazil researching. I don't want her to bring me back a magnet, I just want her to return safe and sound! That country is still all kinds of scary! I hope if they get the 2016 Olympics they dump a bunch of money into infrastructure and crime reduction.

Next: did you know the sand at Waikiki has to be shipped in these days? The beach gets eroded like crazy every year because of the strange wave pressures that come off the shipping lanes that run past it, so they re-build it and augment with shipped in sand. Some people say it comes from other islands, some say from Australia. Which I think is funny: tourists go and take home some "Hawai'ian" sand and really they're taking home some Aussie stuff!

joy said...

First, how much do I love that your sister is doing her PhD on the bossa nova...and now that one bossa nova song is in my head. I'll be surprised if they actually get 2016.

And, no! I had no idea about Waikiki. Does that mean that *all* of Hawaii will whittle away? Whoa!