Monday, May 25, 2009

My World Tuesday 2

sand painter (Click to enlarge)
An artist drizzles onto the ground the natural coloured volcanic sands from the Tenerife volcano Teide to create a sand painting such as are made every year during the celebrations of Corpus Christi in the villa of La Orotava.
In 2006, five Tibetan monks came to add a small portion of the sand carpet with their mandala, which was created on a wooden platform at one corner of the main carpet. Here is a photo taken by Jose Mesa when he went to visit the Orotava site where the monks were making their mandala in 2006.

monks Photo by Jose Mesa

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12 comments:

Gaelyn said...

That is one amazing sand-painting. I was only familiar with the Hopi art of sandpainting.

Great capture.

Sylvia K said...

That is indeed a fabulous sand-painting and so is your photo! And, like always, it's such fun to learn more about other "worlds"! I've lived in Spain and loved it!
Thanks for sharing!

James said...

I've seen this done before, it's truely amazing. Great capture.

Marja said...

What a stunning art work and what a nice island to life I know all the islands you lived on My favourite is Mallorca

Lorna said...

That is beautiful. That is dedication to art for art's sake. Amazing.


~Lorna

Catherine said...

Lovely shot...sand painting are commonly used here too especially for Day of the Dead celebrations...

Reader Wil said...

Fascinating photo! This is a very beautiful sandpainting and actually it's a pity that it has such a short life, for the artist spends a lot of time on it.Thanks for sharing!

Arija said...

A beautiful transient piece of art. Tremendous dedication and understanding of the essence of things to create and to let pass...
like the Tibetan monks with their sand mandalas.

Wolynski said...

Fabulous blog - gorgeous, colorful photos. Lucky thing you photograph these sand paintings for posterity. Beautiful.

Canarybird said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. I look forward to visiting your blogs as well.
In the near future I will be posting a special blog entry about the large sand carpets being made in La Orotava, with many photos. The new one being made this year will be beautiful. The sketch has already been published.
Sharon.

Glennis said...

Amazing what can be done with sand. The whole completed carpet must be spectacular.

tenerife said...

so clever - all that effort for it only to last a while is what puzzles me though.

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