Is it Hallachicly permissible to make Sand art on Shabbos or is it prohibited on Shabbos and if so what prohibition are you doing maybe writing?

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    This question would be much improved if you would explain what Sandart is, or, at least, link to a page that explains it well, and if you would explain your reasons for thinking it might be forbidden.
    – msh210
    Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 23:22
  • Some possible issues: Is the Sandart permanent? Does it require glue or other materials? Do you have to sort out the different colors? Could mixing the colors be considered dyeing?
    – Shmuel
    Commented Oct 23, 2011 at 5:06
  • @msh210 Sandart is drawing pictures by pouring sand in a narrow stream to make patterns and designs. It's intended to be temporary for those who do it as a form of idol worship (Sand mandala). But of course it can be just art as well.
    – Ariel
    Commented Nov 23, 2011 at 8:39

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No, because by using sand in this form it's a form of drawing, which is a biblically prohibited act on shabbat. Even if something is not permanent (for example, writing letters on frost on your window), this would at least be rabinically prohibited.

  • where do we see that it is a form of drawing? Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 14:40
  • @MosheYitzhak, when you use sand in this fashion, you're making it into a drawing, albeit one made of sand. The whole point of using colored sand is to be able to make some kind of art. Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 15:04
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    I've seen abstract sand art that seems to aim for the aesthetics of colors and shapes but doesn't depict anything. I'm not sure that counts as drawing. Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 16:36

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