Top5: Mandalas & Danmalas

This top 5 is about the art of creating Mandalas, a geometric pattern with a number of symmetries. The word ‘Mandala’ comes from Sanskrit, an Indian language, and roughly translates to circle. The practice has been used in different religions often as a representation of life, unity or wholeness.



The mandala above was created in London by eight Tashi Lhunpo (A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery) monks. The construction took five days. The group work again symbolises togetherness and unity.


The construction is a traditional technique using coloured sand in intricate patterns. Once the mandala was complete the destruction begins. The sands are swept out from the centre mixing all colours together.


The destruction too is symbolic and the collected sands are returned to nature through a flowing stream; some of the sand from the above mandala was released into the Thames.

Thanks to Gerry McCulloch for allowing me to use his images.


This next mandala also uses sand, however the artists constantly changes the form using a rotating turntable. The effect is quite mesmerising (I would recommend watching just a portion of the 15 minute video).


 Jonathan Bréchignac of design studio Joe and Nathan created five ‘carpets’ with Bic pens.


Arguably, as a whole, it’s not a mandala and I’m not convinced by the placement of QR codes. I thought, however, it was worthy of a mention on this blog!


His first carpet was created using black pens, the second, more complex carpet used just blue pens.


You can see them all in high detail at


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Dietmar Voorwold describes his work as ‘land art’ using nature as both canvas and medium. It has quite a Goldsworthy feel and often the creations could be classed under the term mandala.


The image above is particularly reminiscent of Goldsworthy. Many of the pieces are created in Scotland and it has been a joy having them appear regularly on my Facebook news feed. Dietmar’s page Creations in Nature has numerous photos backdating to 2011.

Below is a gallery of just a few of my favourites.


SONY DSCKathy Klein has brilliant vibrant creations, hence gaining the top spot. Her Facebook page Danmalas features hundreds of these beautiful petal arrangements.


The word ‘Danmala’ is also Sanskrit and means ‘The giver of (dan) garland of flowers (mala)’. She also uses stones in an art she calls Samudra.

Again this gallery features my favourites:

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