212 – Roberts Creek Mandala

2004 Roberts Creek Community Mandala
2004 Roberts Creek Community Mandala
photo by Chris Yeske

How awesome is this!

What began in 1997 as an effort by five people to paint over some negative graffiti in the parking lot at the Roberts Creek Beach in B.C. Canada has since turned into the annual Roberts Creek Community Mandala project where a group of volunteers come together to paint a new mandala, designed by Robert Marion and organized by Robert Marion and Erica Snowlake, with Chris Yeske providing the overhead photography.

About the process from their web site:

The design, laid in white latex paint on an asphalt surface, is filled in by the mandala’s crew of organizers/artists. Over the next few days, the public is invited to choose a specific “canvas” in which to share their artistic vision. Paint, brushes, and all other necessary implements are supplied. Creativity is encouraged in a sacred space of focused intention, as children of all ages bring the Mandala, in rainbow colors, newly back to life each summer.

The one showcased here (#7) is from 2004 and is quite stunning. What for some might look like a mish-mash of patterns and abstract paintings while in progress, all comes together into this beautiful collaborative piece of art.

If you check their facebook page, you can view photos of the this year’s mandala in progress.

I would love the opportunity to create and coordinate a super large community mandala project such as this. Wouldn’t that be fun? Now where could I do this…?

Happy Coloring!

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


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