Sand Art & Tension Management

Hi, Everyone!

Greg Williams forwarded a marvelous gem of a youtube video over to me that showcases a woman of tremendous talent with an unusual ability to move people.  The expressions on the faces of her audience members clearly show the impact her art has on tension management.

Here’s the copy that Greg sent along with the link:

“This video shows the winner of “Ukraine’s Got Talent”, Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about £75,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

Kseniya Simonova says:

“I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there’s surely no bigger compliment.”

Here’s the link to the video:



4 Responses to Sand Art & Tension Management

  1. G Sairamesh says:

    Amazing talent and very touching story.

    The tears in the audience’s eyes perhaps washes their tension at the moment, but what about the feeling in the heart? – that heaviness which is bound to be there for sometime.

    T, a question for you would this move people from downgrid to upgrid? Even the objective ones will be truly moved.

    I was definitely moved until I had to objectively assure myself that my purpose of watching the video was to examine & admire the talent. It took quite an effort to pull myself out, not until my eyes were blurred.

    Rgds – Sai

  2. That’s a very interesting question! I would say that the video serves as an UpGrid and a bit of an InGrid Maneuver — it definite awakens emotions (grief and perhaps a bit of anger) and it humbles and increases introspection, both of which move someone InGrid.

    I also found the video very moving — and thought the InStream community would likewise.


  3. Daniel Latch says:

    An amazing performance and the epitome of the actors art; to sequentially awaken and transform emotions in the audience using all available senses. It was reverent and held the audience entranced but not in trance. A beautiful meditation. Very centering.

  4. Thanks for sharing. We’re often so busy moving people up and down grid and trying to move people to action in business settings, that it’s easy to forget the need and power of moving people InGrid by helping them connect with their humanity. Reinforces why the whole approach and framework is so whole and powerful.

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