Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sand Art Features at Games; on Big Screen at Opening Ceremony

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sand Art Features at Games; on Big Screen at Opening Ceremony

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Byline: Rachel Vercoe rachel.vercoe@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

WHEN sand artist John Thiering from Coffs Harbour received an email wanting to talk about using his sand paintings as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, he was thrilled.

"I had a meeting with them in August last year but nothing was confirmed until about three weeks before the ceremony," John said.

"It was short notice, I had three weeks to create what they wanted but it was really exciting and I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to get world wide exposure.

During skype sessions with the artistic director and his team, John was given a brief before practising and creating ideas.

"When we came up with a plan, I went to the Gold Coast and spent seven hours in a photographic studio with a film and artistic team.

John's sand art was filmed in preparation for the opening ceremony.

"There are six regions of the commonwealth. As an introduction to these regions, I did six 30-second sand paintings to represent them and welcome them to the Gold Coast. …

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