2016-209 – Beetle Sphere Mandala

Beetle Sphere by Ichwan Noor
Beetle Sphere by Ichwan Noor
Aluminium, polyester, real parts from VW beetle ’53, paint
180cm x 180cm x 180cm

This week’s MotD theme: Golden Yellow

Jakarta, Indonesian sculptor, Ichwan Noor, took one of the world’s most iconic cars and turned it into this amazing giant spherical sculpture made from an actual 1953 Volkswagen Beetle, combined with polyester and aluminum. What a delightful creation! It certainly makes it easier to park, you just roll it into place.

From an article on Blog.Cochran.com about Ichwan’s sculpture

The idea emerged from a personal perception towards objects that are products of a “transportation culture”, which induces hints/signs of spiritual emotion. To behold a vehicle (car) is to have a “magical” (supernatural) identity. Sculptures represent the interaction between humans and the object realm, with strong spiritual tension that affects the subconscious, and that yields a new “animistic” attitude. By combining the techniques of manipulation and substitution, the form of this sculpture tends toward realistic distortion, which allows new interpretations about the object (car), as a shift in perception that creates an associative meaning. The sculpture’s visual form yields an impression of a sphere – the basis of all forms. The shape of a car is pressed onto the spherical form, producing a dynamic movement, a certain flexibility, but also fragility. It is a concept of “totems” that is embraced/believed by the people of today.

Beetle Sphere Sketch by Ichwan Noor
Beetle Sphere Sketch by Ichwan Noor

View more of Ichwan’s outstanding and powerful sculptures via his online gallery.

Inspiration for Today

Ichwan’s sphere brings in the spiritual component to creation. Know that everything we create or do (meals, gardens, science projects, art, inventions, etc) exists as energy awaiting our participation to bring it into form. Most times we do this on an unconscious level.

Today’s mandala encourages us to consciously connect with the energy or spirit of that which we want to create…thus turning into a co-creative process and raising our vibration to a whole new level of creating.

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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