I read in the Tampa Bay Times that there were going to be Tibetian Monks in St. Pete making a sand mandela. I was interested in seeing what exactly this was and what the process of making a mandela is and the public was invited to watch. This morning, I grabbed my friend Michelle and headed down to Florida Craftart (formerly known as the Florida Craftsman Gallery) , at 501 Central Avenue, and I have to tell you it was amazing! The gallery opened at 10 a.m. and the monks began the morning with about a 1/2 hour of chanting, then they went to work on this amazing, intricate, and colorful sand art. The process is extremely slow, mindful and peaceful. One of the monks explained the process while 4 others actually produced the art. They explained that it can create a sense of peace just by gazing at it, (we can all use more peace, right?) above and beyond the peaceful, the mandela is absolutely stunning.
And, it’s not too late to partake in this beautiful experience. Here is the schedule for the rest of the week, with the culmination happening on Sunday! There is chanting happening again today at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It’s conveniently down the street from Williams Park and Localtopia on Saturday, take the walk, you won’t be disappointed! For additional information click here!
I hope my pictures do this mandela justice, the depth and detail and vibrant colors are amazing!