Video: Divine Comedy: Hell in the Sand and the Devil in Detail
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Those of Kulturologiya. Ru readers who are familiar with the immortal creation Dante, remember: in hell "Divine Comedy" the devil himself was sitting at the bottom. This monumental image inspired dozens of works of painting, music, literature - but it seems that sand sculpture among these genres were not. Until the sculptor Ray Villafain got down to business!
Painter Ray Villafain (Ray Villafane) is known for his unusual pumpkin sculptures on Halloween: in this work, he proved himself to be an outstanding master of carving. After the stunning pumpkins brought glory to Villafein, the sculptor decided to scale up the creations and took up sand sculpting. In 2008, he performed so successfully at the sand sculpture competition in the Italian city of Jesolo (16 kilometers from Venice) that he was soon assigned a special job. And the task was not easy: it was necessary to create the devil!
Devil from Hell "Divine Comedy" - a huge demon sitting at the very bottom of hell, but not in tongues of flame, as one might think, but in the eternal cold. Dante describes in detail the prince of darkness Lucifer: he has three jaws, in each of which the greatest traitors in history are tormented. These are Judas, Brutus and Cassius (the head of the conspiracy against Caesar). Ray Villafaine captured all of this in sculpture - although perhaps his devil looks too human.
In the "Divine Comedy" Lucifer looks more like some kind of monster: wings flutter under his three chins, and death storms burst from his three mouths. Nevertheless, Dante, most likely, would have been pleased with the sculpture: it has both dynamics and at the same time frozen cold pathos, as if Lucifer was really not made of sand, but frozen into a huge icicle.
"Dante's hell"(this is the name of the sculpture) was appreciated by the audience and inspired Ray to take part in another monumental project - sand sculpture on themes from Russian history … However, this monumental sand canvas is worth a separate story.
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