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Watch as a Filipino sand artist honours Queen Elizabeth II on the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Artist honours Queen Elizabeth II | A Filipino sand artist working in Dubai has produced a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II as a young woman on the shores of the United Arab Emirates where she is now laid to rest.

Over the weekend, Nathaniel Alapide drew a 15 x 8 m portrait of a young artist honours Queen Elizabeth II on the white sands of Pacific Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah using a garden rake as his artistic medium.

Artist honours Queen Elizabeth II

Alapide worked for two hours to complete the sand sculpture. He began his work on the beach at first light after checking the tidal predictions.

A few hours after he finished it, the waves quickly damaged a section of the image since the tide was high at the time. However, Alapide claimed that what truly distinguished his work was its transience.

Although temporary, the artwork is always rewarding. Sand art is unique because of the method used to create it, not just the finished product. The takeaway is that you actually have to be present to experience it, according to Alapide, who continued, “The tide sweeps it away, but you can do another work of art the next day.”

“Before making the sand mold, I read in the news that huge number of individuals were going from everywhere the world to remain in line along the Stream Thames to recognize Sovereign artist honours Queen Elizabeth II.

I so reasoned that I should pay my own respects from Ras Al Khaimah’s beach. I was creating sand art here and thinking about why people loved the Queen so much as they camped out to see her at Westminster Abbey,” he continued.

“I made the sand painting since artist honours Queen Elizabeth II also made me think of my grandmother,” Alapide continued. My tribute to the queen and my own grandma was created using sand. It was also meditative to make it.

When his grandmother passed away in 2014, Alapide—who is originally from Antipolo, a well-known artistic sanctuary in the Philippines—said he was driven to make his first piece of sand sculpture in Dubai in an effort to find comfort.

I was reared by my grandmother, Alapide explained, so I grabbed a rake and went to Jumeirah’s public beach to start making drawings on the sand.

I drew a large picture of a tree, and I found it to be incredibly calming as I worked on it. The tree served as a powerful metaphor for my grandmother’s generous disposition. My first sand sculpture took me three hours to create. I was surprised by the outcome, and that is where my interest in sand art began.

Alapide has received numerous accolades for his artwork. He received the Guinness World Record early this year for producing the largest sand image ever. The Abu Dhabi Sports Aviation Club (ADSAC) commissioned the creation of the sand sculpture, which was built as a monument to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s founding father, and the nation’s leaders. The sculpture covered an area of more than 250,000 ft.

Alapide also produced a 4 x 6 metre piece of art in 2019 that depicted the first Emirati astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori, prior to his journey to the International Space Station (ISS).

The image of Hazzaa displayed her flashing the three-finger salute, made popular by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, artist honours Queen Elizabeth II Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and signifying win, love, and victory. Hazzaa was depicted in the artwork donning a Sokol spacesuit.

He produced a 30 x 40-meter-long work of sand art in February of last year depicting the Hope Probe entering Mars’ orbit. Before that, artist honours Queen Elizabeth II he painted a 15 × 30 metre sand painting wishing the Emirates Mars Mission well before its launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center in July 2020.

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