the mystery of sand paintings

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Went to a friend’s house. Talked about some things. Ate some fish. Drank some coke. Played with some toy blocks:


And then I thought of sand paintings. Many cultures produce them; art works made of sand that are built not in order to last, but to get scattered with the wind. A powerful metaphor, it seems, and the effort these artists put into the short-lived manifestations of their work is impressive.

Is it really, though?

To me it seems as though every child creating things with toy blocks is going through the exact same process – the joy of building, the short moment of pause when it’s done, and the destruction that frees up the toy blocks that are needed for new buildings projects.

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