At the weekend my family and I found out there was a ‘Beached Art’ exhibition going on down at our village beach. St Bees has a very nice beach and is well-known as the starting point for the famous ‘Coast-to-Coast’ walk well-beloved by walkers from all over the country. We regularly see literally busloads of tourists come to the beach every week even though it can hardly be said that the British sun as really begun to come out yet.
Sure enough, when we ventured down to the beach later in the day, the sun hadn’t played its part. It had rained for much of the day and was grey for the rest. Yet still people came to the event! With inflatables wafting in the strong breeze, the RNLI lifeboat crew out showing brave people the inner workings of their valuable, life-saving boat and lots of hot tea served to keep spirits up, there were not a few of us hardy folk braving the elements there.
Cumbrians don’t let a bit of rain get in their way! Instead, they do daft things – like enter competitions for making sand art on the beach. And so they did. Bearing in mind that these were done by (as far as I’m aware) ordinary locals, I’m pretty impressed with this. I can barely build a sand castle with a bucket – let alone do this!
All this got me wondering why sand art isn’t big in Bangladesh. After six years living there, I can’t recall anyone doing sand art yet there’s a heck of a lot of it there! Bangladesh has the world’s longest beach – Cox’s Bazaar – and, admittedly, I never had the opportunity to go so perhaps you can find this kind of thing going on there?
But even in my ‘land-locked’ part of the country in the northwest, there was tons of sand around. You can’t move for the stuff! So why no sand art? It’s not as though Bangladesh isn’t a country that loves art – in fact, it’s a nation proud of all its artists and musicians.
Maybe sand art is just the kind of thing the mad British do to make up for boring days at the beach when it’s too cold to dip in the sea and the skies are grey?
Well…no. For one thing, you can get in to sand art without even stepping outside!
I was shown this video of Kseniya Simonova years ago and it still amazes me and brings me to tears to watch. Her story is as inspirational as she is beautiful and her art simply sublime.
When you can do this with sand, who needs any other excuse to go be amazing on the beach? In fact, time to dig out that bucket and try again to build my homage to Buckingham Palace…