‘Ukraine’s Got Talent’ artist in tears after using sand to tell the story

Kseniya Simonova, a teenage artist from ‘Ukraine’s Got Talent,’ delivers an astounding live sand art display in this footage from the show. A candle is lit, and soft music starts playing. The young woman narrates a story by using sand and her hands. A big screen behind her displays her moving artwork.

As she sketches a long route going to a chapel, a cello plays a song. A park bench is seen with people sitting on it. She then smears the lovers and draws a wailing woman.

While war music plays, German forces are depicted in sand art attacking Russia. The moon is sketched and transformed into a baby’s face. The sight of her child transforms a grieving woman’s face into one of joy.

She returns to a face drawing of a woman holding a letter. She turns the woman’s face old while still holding the letter. She sprinkles more sand to make a tower appear with a few swipes of her hand.

Some soldiers are shown who didn’t make it back from the war. The audience is visibly moved by the imagery, along with the judges. The scenes are beautiful, and they blend together through her careful technique.

A woman may be seen looking out a window while the symphonic music plays Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ The woman notices a man behind a window while holding up a toddler so he can see.

Simonova writes ‘You’re Always Near,’ and then draws ‘1945.’ The subtitles explain the significance of 1945: “the year of the end of the great patriotic war.” As the song concludes, Simonova blows out the candle, and the audience replies with love and a standing ovation.

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