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Build and then recycle an 'urban mandala'

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Feb. 20, 2012

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Kimberly Carmody, the founder of Urban River Arts, will work with community members to create mandala from recyclable materials. Photo courtesy of urbanriverarts.org.

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Take the opportunity to create an "urban mandala" from natural and recyclable materials Sunday, Feb. 26, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Reception Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Free and open to the public, the Urban Mandala Workshop is one of the educational programs and hands-on activities related to the museum's spring exhibition, "Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism."

Visitors will help create the mandala design by using a large-scale compass, a string, and a piece of chalk. Then they will create the colors and textures of the mandala by filling the sections with found and re-purposed materials.

Kimberly Carmody from Urban River Arts in New York and museum volunteers will be on hand to help participants create the mandala, which will be at least 12 feet in diameter, according to Elizabeth Hornor, Marguerite Colville Ingram Director of Education at the Carlos. 

Once the mandala is completed, participants will join in a dismantling ceremony where they may take and reuse and recycle the materials.

This drop-in event is open to all ages; young children must be supervised by a parent, Hornor says.

Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives is co-sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact Hornor at 404-727-6118 or ehornor@emory.edu.