- 8:32 am - Mon, Mar 12, 2012
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Here’s a pleasing event that occurred recently in connection with the exhibition Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism, at Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum (through April 15).
First: What’s a “mandala”? Here’s the answer:
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” The mandala, one of Himalayan Buddhism’s most ubiquitous symbols, is created as an artistic aid for meditation. Depicting a realm that is both complex and sacred, the mandala is a visualization tool meant to advance practitioners toward a state of enlightenment. The exhibition explores the various manifestations of these objects, simultaneously explaining their symbolism, describing how they fulfill their intended function, and demonstrating their correlation to our physical reality.
So with that in mind, the museum (and the Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives) hosted an “Urban Mandala Workshop,” in which Kimberly Carmody from Urban River Arts in New York and museum volunteers helped “participants of all ages create a giant mandala from natural and recyclable materials.”
Visitors [helped] create the mandala design by using a large-scale compass, a string, and a piece of chalk. Then visitors [created] the colors and textures of the mandala by filling the sections with found and re-purposed materials. Once it is finished, participants [participated] in a dismantling ceremony where they may take and reuse and recycle the materials.
Wish I coulda been there! But failing that, a handy slideshow is here.
(Earlier on Unconsumption: Artist Virginia Fleck uses plastic bags to create beautiful colorful mandalas.)
Thanks: Elizabeth H.!