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Sand animation is a term which has two meanings. It is the name given to a style of live performance art, and also to a type of animation. In the former, an artist creates a series of images using sand, a process which is achieved by applying sand to a surface and then rendering images by drawing lines and figures in the sand with one's hands. To increase visibility and to add further artistic aesthetic, a sand animation performer will often use the aid of an overhead projector or lightboard. In the latter, animators move around sand on a backlighted or frontlighted piece of glass to create each frame for their animated films. Caroline Leaf is a pioneer of this type of animation. It has also been intermittently used in recent years by Belarusfilmmarker.

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Performance artists

  • Dabao Su is best known for his Chinese traditional style in sand animation
  • SandProject is best known for its Sand Painting School.
  • Joe Castillo is best known for his piece "The Passion" performed to the music of Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" with music written by John Debney.
  • Ferenc Cakó is an artist who has been very active with the medium. Examples of performances by Cakó and many other sand animation artists can be found readily online.
  • Ilana Yahav is widely known for the Qwest commercials.
  • David Myriam
  • Ahmad Habash is widely known for the "flee" short sand animation and the performance "from the memory of the sand" at the third anniversary to commemorate the late president Yasser Arafat.
  • Kseniya Simonova, winner of "Ukraine's Got Talent" 2009.


Needed: history of Sand Animation. Who originated this art form?

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