A sand mandala - subject or technique
Once again we are privileged to have Tibetan monks in our community sharing their artwork and philosophy with us. There is a Buddhist temple/community just outside Geelong and in early June the Dalai Lama will be visiting Geelong. Information about the Drolkar Buddhist centre and special events is here.
I saw them last time at the local Art Gallery but this year they will be at the Wool Museum. Here subject and technique are both intriguing. Notes here from local Arts Bulletin.
Tibetan Monks at National Wool Museum
Creation of the Spectacular Sand Mandala
As part of the Sacred Footsteps from the Roof of the World Australian Tour, Tibetan Monks will create a sand mandala at the National Wool Museum. Leading up to the Dalai Lama's visit to Geelong, the Monks' Tour will share some of the most distinctive aspects of Tibetan culture with the people of Geelong and promote peace and cross-cultural relationships. The mandala is created by the monks to remind us of the cycle of life and death and to generate positive energy for the benefit of all beings. The intricate design is carefully recreated according to ancient texts and is constructed on a hard flat surface using copper funnels filled with various colours of dyed crushed marble. Visitors to the National Wool Museum have a unique opportunity to view the creation of this amazingly detailed work of art.
Dates: 30 May to 3 June 2007
Time: 9.30am to 5pm daily
Venue: National Wool Museum, 26 Morrabool Street, Geelong
Cost: Free entry to see Sand Mandala (normal Museum entry costs and times apply to all other exhibitions).
Contact: (03) 5227 0701
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