My cousin Sarah showed me this video the other night, and I was almost moved to tears. This is one of the most amazing things that I've ever seen in my life. It's kind of a long video, but please watch the whole thing. You can't learn this stuff.
"Kseniya Simonova is a 24 years old Ukranian artist. She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII. She won Ukraine's Got Talent 2009, watched by over 13 million people."
~via Kseniyas Imonova
According to wikipedia:
"Sand animation is also known as sand art. It has a term which has two meanings. It is the name given to a style of live performance art, and also to a type of animation. In the former, an 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 one's hands. To increase visibility and to add further artistic aesthetic, a sand animation performer will often use the aid of an overhead projector or lightboard. In the latter, animators move around sand on a backlighted or frontlighted piece of glass to create each frame for their animated films."