APT Gallery
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Sunday, August 13, 2023
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APT Gallery

Under the burning sun, a boy squats in the sand, fiercely focused on building a sandcastle at the beach. Blazing sunrays pierce through the carelessly applied sunblock on his back. His skin swells and peels as it burns. But the child’s senses have been completely overridden by his task. In the world, it’s just him and his sandcastle.

And then suddenly he hears a merry tune. It’s the ice cream van. The boy leaps up and runs towards the van, calling to his mum. She buys him an ice cream which he enjoys immensely. Once satisfied, his thoughts return to his sandcastle. But as he surveys the beach, he cannot find it. It’s gone.

Where did it go? Did a wave wash it away? Has his older brother sabotaged him? Or did some spiteful old man drop-kick it while walking his dog?

‘Where is my sandcastle?’ the boy cries out.

‘Oh darling, it’s just a sandcastle. You can always build another one,’ his mum says, resting her hand on his shoulder.

He looks up at her forlornly. ‘It’s not just a sandcastle, Mummy. It was my pErSoNa.’