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Creation and Destruction of Sand Mandalas. Spontaneous Temporary Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum. New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein. Geometric Paintings Inspired by Sacred Mandalas by Amy Cheng.
posted by homunculus (8 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

The flower mandalas are especially lovely.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 12:24 AM on February 20

Mandalas are incredible.

A big recommendation to Ron Fricke's Samsara for featuring the mandala as a focus of narrative (if you can call it that) in what is a very beautiful non-narrative film. And it's on Netflix streaming.

Also a hearty recommendation for his Baraka as well.
posted by JauntyFedora at 12:54 AM on February 20 [2 favorites]

I like the way they present a really different aesthetic. I was prepared for a queasy feeling of appropriation, and I came away impressed. These are beautiful.
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:32 AM on February 20

In a previous MeFi thread about mandalas, I made this time lapse (Flash, sorry, it was before I knew how to make animated gifs)

And as long as I'm self-linking in the comments, I'm quite proud of my asteroids mandala.

And have you seen Motoi Yamamoto's saltworks?
posted by gwint at 6:42 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

Looks like the perfect topic for one of those slow films. Real time, or just 2x-4x faster than life, would be quite the visual meditation.
posted by Dreidl at 12:14 PM on February 20

Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery constructing a mandala at the Spencer Museum of Art.
posted by cog_nate at 1:17 PM on February 20

These really are amazing to witness. At my university a group of visiting monks took an entire week to create one. Just when you think they are done with a portion of the design they add another color or another detail.
I seem to recall it was 3 - 4 feet across. The rasping sounds of their funnels is hypnotic. It must take a great deal of physical stamina too, those monks were hunched over the table for what seemed like hours at a time.

At the end they destroy the the thing, bless the sand and pass out small bags of it to whomever. I had a bag for a while but lost it. :(
posted by hot_monster at 2:34 PM on February 20 [1 favorite]

Mandala: Installations by Hillerbrand+Magsamen
posted by homunculus at 6:20 PM on March 11

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