Trí Đức, sand artist, invited to perform at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in London.

Artist Tri Duc and his sand art

Although it was born about a decade ago, sand animation has just spread to Vietnam in recent years. In the performance, the 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 his hands.

A sand animation performer will often use the aid of a box with a light inside and background music.

“I used to perform puppet shows. Once in 2009, the director of a show I attended suggested I make an experiment on sand art after we watched a French artist draw amazing paintings,” artist Tri Duc talked about the reason he followed the art.

Since then, Duc has been practicing hard to make his own ‘video’ with sand. The man has earned reputation and been invited to perform at local companies’ events or to make animation for music videos. Last month, he performed at the Da Nang Firework Festival.

Tri Duc’s sand animation:

More than that, Duc’s animations have gone beyond Vietnamese boundary. In July, Duc will perform sand animation depicting the life of Queen Elizabeth II at her Diamond Jubilee in London.

“This is an interesting challenge but not beyond my reach. I used to make animation about the life of Buddha so I have a little experience,” Duc shared.

Duc said he has to study documents on the Queen’s life and practice carefully for the show since he will perform against the background of live music to be performed by an orchestra on stage.

“The pressure must be very heavy since I have to perform with a large orchestra in front of the British Royal Family.”

The man also wants to bring his works to local audiences, especially kids. This month, he will perform in the “Vien Ngoc Than” (The Magic Pearl) children play at the Children’s House of Ho Chi Minh City in District 1.

“The greatest happiness of an artist is his works coming close to the public,” Duc said.

Last March, a music video titled “Nhat Ky Cua Me” (Mom’s Diary) sung by local singer Hien Thuc has become a sensation on the Internet. The 11-minute clip is a sand animation depicting how a mother follows every single step of her child.
Audiences even become more impressed knowing the maker of the animation is the song’s writer, Nguyen Van Chung.

Elsewhere in the world, in 2009, a Ukrainian girl stunned millions worldwide after her sand animation performance at the Ukraine’s Got Talent was posted on YouTube. The girl won the highest prize at the competition.
Nhật Ký Của Mẹ – Hiền Thục(Nguyễn Văn Chung Draw sand painting):

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