The Fourth Day of Christmas – Sailor Moon Sand Art
On the fourth day of (Sailor Moon) Christmas, we have something a little bit different, though interesting in its own right. This is not so much a product per se, as it is the result of one, or an event held back in the day. Unfortunately, I can’t say for sure and no amount of Googling has been able to answer the question for me. So what is it, you ask? Well, it’s a work of art1 using various colored sands to illustrate a scene from Sailor Moon R.
To be totally honest, I actually thought that this was an officially-released product back in the day when I first bought it online and figured it was sold at novelty shops or at festivals. Nope! This is 100% made by a child back in the day, as you can tell by the very simple cardboard this is glued (?) onto and the rough lamination job done to keep the sand from being rubbed away and/or getting everywhere.
And yet, even though I know that this isn’t an official product and was just the work of some young elementary-school child way back in 1993-1994 or so, I’m actually not disappointed in the least. At first I thought I should be, but the more I think about it and the more I look at it, it’s actually pretty impressive. The quality of the work is amazing in its own right, even though there were some obvious issues with the sand getting mixed up either at the time or somewhere over the course of the past twenty years. But even more than that, I find it amazing to be able to have a look back into the past through this and actually hold something that was made by someone who clearly loved the same show that I did (and do even now!) when they were expressing their artistic streak.
That said, I still do find the picture to be a bit too perfect. If I were to wager a guess, there must have been some sort of overlay that was used or something which helped you put the right colors in the right places, or some other trick which has been lost to the sands of time (pun very much intended).
Would I put this up on my refrigerator? No, definitely not, since it feels more than a little like an invasion of privacy to be holding a one-off picture someone made many, many years ago. But this definitely was an interesting surprise that ended up in my mailbox when I was making purchases for this Twelve Days of (Sailor Moon) Christmas series. I only wish it had been signed!
- In the eye of the beholder, at least ↩