Last updated: May 16, The volunteers armed with shovels and all dressed in similar-looking shirts formed a line at the bottom of a large foot m sand dune. The volunteers moved sand from the dune and positioned it about 4 inches 10cm from its original spot, therefore, creating a brand new mountain. One of the other objectives of this piece was to incite the multiple subjects included in the project to become storytellers with the aim of creating one communal event which would in the future help to strengthen the Lima community and prove to them that faith can indeed move mountains.
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Demonstrating a ridiculous disproportion between an effort and its effect, the work is a metaphor for Latin American society, in which minimal reforms are achieved through massive collective efforts.
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When Faith Moves Mountains by Francis Alys
Francis Alÿs: When Faith Moves Mountains (making of)