Hello everybody, I am back at last! We had a wonderful time at Sringeri and Samhith’s thread ceremony went off very well. However, its been even more hectic since I got back, so I haven’t been able to write at all L This post is almost a week overdue, but as they say, better late than never! I hope with this post, I will be able to shake off the jinx and begin writing regularly once more!
Mumbai might be an island, with its share of beaches, but its not often that you get to see sandcastles . in fact, samhith has yet to go to the beach here and make them! Hence, when I heard about the huge sandcastle being made at Phoenix mills as part of World Cancer day, I jumped at the chance and rushed to take a look. We had just returned from Sringeri and with guests at home, it wasn’t easy to plan the trip, but thanks to an enthusiastic friend who agreed to bring her kids, it finally materialised and we headed out to High Street Phoenix for an evening full of fun, kids in tow!
The 10X10 ft sandcastle is the work of UK based Sand Wizard – Simon Smith. The World Masters People’s champion completed this incredible sand sculpture in less than 10 days. The castle was completed on Feb 4th, to coincide with World Cancer Day. Mr. Smith is himself a cancer survivor, and he has taken this initiative in association with Sand Cult – Sand Sculpting company and Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) to show the importance of this crucial cause.
Here are some more shots, to show you the intricate details of his work....
See the partly open doors?
And the chains?
The detail is amazing!!
Can you see the wealth of detail - in the cracks as well as the patches where the plaster seems to have fallen off?
A side view
And a top view from the Hamleys store...
Finally, last but not the least, the artist's signature!
Samhith and his friends were impressed, and he rushed to take Mr. Smith’s autograph! And they were so thrilled to be able to pose with him, right next to the castle! While we adults were worried about letting the kids so near, Mr. Smith himself was cool, and allowed the kids to come inside the cordon slowly, saying he knew kids liked to get near, and that they would be careful!
He spoke to the children for quite a while, patiently answering their many queries, explaining how he started the sculpture with a huge mound of sand, starting from the top. I wish we had been there to see him make it. If we get another chance, we will surely love to go and see him make such a masterpiece!
The sandcastle will be open for viewing for a couple more days – till Feb 12th, so those of you who haven’t seen it yet, please do go and see it. Your kids, as well as the kid in you, will love it!!