Turn Trash Into Sacred Circle at the Community Mandala

What was 2013’s Community Mural is this year’s Community Mandala, a special piece of installation art that will be created by the community under the direction of Kirkland Smith.

You’ll remember Kirkland from last year, when she won the 2013 People’s Choice Award for her magical Steve Jobs  portrait. The resemblance was great. And as one drew closer, it was suddenly evident the work was created out of discarded computer parts.

This year, she’s coming to town to guide the creation of a mandala, which is Sanskrit for “circle.” A mandala represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model of healthy structure and of life itself.

Kirkland has been working with ArtFields organizers to collect and reclaim numerous kinds of “trash.” It will be converted into components of the sacred “circle.” Many believe that group mandalas create a shared experience in which individuals come together for a greater good.

The mandala construction will occur daily at W. A. McClam’s Livery Stable, and the community is invited to gather on Sunday, May 4 to help de-install it from 3 to 4 p.m.

Kirkland Smith

Kirkland Smith will lead the creation of the Community Mandala