One of the great things about working with Sand In Your Eye is that I get the opportunity to work with many different mediums and lots of different people. Today, we came away from the beach and made a drawing in a city! Sand In Your Eye have made many sand drawings over the years and more recently, made them anamorphic, so we decided we could take our skills off the beach and in land to Jamie’s home city of Bradford. Bradford City Council invited us to come along to Bradford Urban Festival and make an anamorphic chalk drawing at the foot of City Park’s Mirror Pool.
We previously did a test in our workshop to run the image across multi levels to give another edge to pavement drawing. Our chalk drawing for Bradford City Park is part of our We Are Human series. This is one of our current art projects, which kicked off in Demark with Jamie’s sand sculpture of a foetus and was born by our time in India spent in the company of Buddhists and Tibetan culture. Jamie began to research the Dalai Lama and his teachings and this inspired him to create the We Are Human art project. It is the idea that although different we are essentially the same.
The Dalai Lama said:
I just consider myself another human being…….. That you are my brothers and sisters…….
Deep down I know you as brothers and sisters,
Sometimes people make deliberately distinction, eastern or western, and this race, or this community or that community, Buddhist or Christian, or Muslims, or Hindus, or Jews, make lots of differences and divisions. But actually these are secondary, the important [thing] is we are human beings. Mentally, emotionally, physically we are [the] same, and …… do not want disturbances or suffering, and everyone has right to have happy life, happy and successful future.”
The chalk drawing depicted an adult hand holding a babies hand. The hands were indistinguishable to culture, nationality and sex. They are just simply human.
On the day the people of Bradford were curious as to what we were creating, as unless you looked at it from a particular viewing point, it was very difficult to see what it was. I encouraged people to take a photo at this viewing point, as when viewed from a camera, the image looked 3D. The response was fabulous, people kept coming back throughout the day to check on our progress. The sun shone throughout the day, children played in the Mirror Pool, which meant dodging the odd stray beach ball that flew our way! The pavement drawing was designed and created by Jamie Wardley, Thomas Bolland and myself Claire Jamieson and I have to say, we were very pleased with the result. As with our sand drawings, the elements took the drawing away. This time though, it was the rain that came in the evening and when we passed by on our way to enjoy the evenings entertainment it had begun to wash the street art away.