Pablo Picasso. The tide comes in, and Picasso's masterpiece of sand art is washed away, as if it had never been there.
Some years later, Bradbury wrote a screenplay version of the story under the title The Picasso Summer - and under the pseudonym "Douglas Spaulding". He withdrew his name from the project because of the mess the film-makers had made of his simple tale. The only redeeming feature of the bizarre international co-production is a short sequence of animation inspired by Picasso (who was not involved with the film at all).
Today you can find the original short story in a couple of Bradbury books: A Medicine for Melancholy, The Day it Rained Forever and Twice 22 collect it under its original title; while The Stories of Ray Bradbury reprints it as "The Picasso Summer".
The reason I am blogging about "In a Season of Calm Weather" today is the remarkable sand art of Andres Amador. Below is just one of his pieces of ephemera - and there is plenty more, including videos and discussion of his techniques and collaborations on Andres' own blog, here.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
While much of what he says will already be familiar from countless interviews and speeches, this re-telling of "Toynbee" is relatively rare. Ray makes a specific point of using the time-traveller of the story as a metaphor for his own optimistic view of the future.
The background story of what this video was made for, and how it came into existence (and was subsequently "lost") is all told on this page from Information Age, which hosts the video in its entirety. It is claimed to be from an early use of high-definition video, but the quality of the clip itself looks decidedly sub-VHS to me.
*Why incongruous? This is the man who would later tell us we have "too many internets".