Nativity scene by the ‘Sultans of Sand’
THE traditional nativity scene in St Peter’s Square won’t be so traditional this year. For the first time, it is made of sand – 720 tons of it.
The giant nativity scene (5.5m high by 16m wide) and a Christmas tree were inaugurated on Friday as part of the Vatican’s seasonal traditions.
Four sculptors known as the “Sultans of Sand”, from the US, the Netherlands, Russia and the Czech Republic, made the crib using sand from the northern Italian beach resort of Jesolo. The crib’s sand, “a poor material, recalls the simplicity, the smallness with which God revealed Himself with the birth of Jesus in the precariousness of Bethlehem,” Pope Francis said.
AN ARTIST works on a sand sculpture representing the nativity scene in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, last week. |