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Sometimes words aren’t the messenger


For me, words have been the tool I use to share my ideas, feelings and emotions. But when I received this e-mail, forwarded to me by my sister, Anita Boles,  Executive Director of Society for the Arts in Healthcare http://www.thesah.org I learned there are some other amazing ways to do this.

But before you watch it (the link is at the bottom of this post – if you can’t click and get into it just copy and paste the URL into your web browser) please read the preamble:

This video shows the winner of 2009’s 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 on to 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.

Click on this link and be part of the magic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOhf3OvRXKg&feature=player_embedded.