Monday, December 14, 2009

Part 3: Inspsiration for my current project


Do you have any idea how hard it is to untangle a Slinky ?

Slinky dog

Quietly Oscillating,
2005; Slinkys, speakers, amplifier, CD player, CD with sound by David Moreno; installation adaptable to site; unique piece

hanging slinky

I am not sure what material was used to hang this slinky (it might even be elastic), but I imagine fishing line would be practically invisible, making for an even cooler effect.

Public art
I like the idea of running an object through the slinky for an armature, instead of the pain stacking task of hanging multiple lines of fishing line from the slinky.


"Mandala is a Sanskrit word, which means, “Circle”. This hallowed diagram or meditation symbol is normally round and is a symbolic representation of the cosmos and its energy. It is utilized in Eastern and Native American medicine for curing body, soul, and spirit. Meditative reflection of the mandala can bring the internal light of the soul to awareness, trigger secret powers of the mind and open the heart chakra to the therapeutic power of absolute love..." Click to read more about the mandala and it's uses.

I was introduced to them in painting class in college where the assignment was to make my own. Being the rebel that I am, I refused to make a traditional painting, but instead made a moving sculpture. I painted on several boards of heavy bristol paper, cut them out, and stacked them on top of a clock motor. That way the layers moved slightly with every tick.

a more traditional mandala

Spiral Mandala

7 foot in diameter animal mandala

purple mandala

galactic mandala

Celtic spiral

tshirt manada print

Chihuly inspired mandala

mandala sculpture
I love how the center is sunken in, drawing you to the middle.

metal mandala

I'm still giggling to myself and muttering "WOW!" Click here and you'll understand. Now picture a bright colored mandala hanging from the ceiling. hmmmm.....

Other Ideas:
headdress mandala out of paint chip samples (for a future project)

Create more variety and increase density at center of mandala and get loose and painterly when radiating from the center.

Spiral Galaxy

Maybe incorporate a black light or glow in the dark objects.

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