68 – 9/11 Memorial Mandala

9/11 Floral Mandala by Joe Mangrum
9/11 Memorial Mandala by Joe Mangrum

What a beautiful 9/11 Memorial by Joe Mangrum from 2002 using flowers and river stones at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco.

I love the poignant presentation of this symmetrical mandala. Sitting atop the brick flooring, the muted colors of the vegetation and stones really stand out. Notice the mandalas within the mandala and all the mandalas that grace the outer band of the “star” pattern. A beautiful and powerful display of temporary public art.

This diverse artist, whom I’ve showcased in a previous MotD post,  presents an amazing portfolio of sand paintings, installations and sculptures which I highly recommend you see on his website: www.JoeMangrum.com

As part of his artist statement, he states:

My paintings are a visual rebellion of the urban grid. It’s my philosophy that we are all unknowingly and psychologically programed by this system, a dominating force that efficiently partitions the globe into quantifiable sections of space and time, divided by minutes and seconds. It is ultimately out of sync with the natural world, seasonal cycles and lunar tides. The result is a society divided from nature and compartmentalized into definable groups, disconnected physically, and spiritually from the whole. I work to reclaim these divisions by creating sand paintings, in organic shapes, interconnecting the fragments and acting as a catalyst for a synthesis, again. For me this is a vital process of affirming life.

Thank you, Joe, for your powerful art and inspiration.

Happy Coloring!

If you would like your mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read how on the Participate page. It’s easy!  Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.

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