What do YOU imagine Steamboat’s community sand painting should look like?

Design ideas due May 15!

This summer  (August 14-18) a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will take up residency to construct a Mandala Sand Painting in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memoiral Library. Mandala Sand Painting is an ancient art form designed to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Ten monks will painstakingly lay millions of grains of colorful sand into place to form the intricate image of a mandala, and their work on the mandala will be open for public viewing throughout each day. This temporary public art installation is free of charge to all who wish to enjoy it.

And our Community Sand Painting will grow along side it…

As the monks create their mandala, the local community will have an opportunity to try the ancient art of sand painting as well. Using the same tools and techniques that the monks employ, everyone is invited to help build a Community Sand Painting adjacent to the Mandala Sand Painting in Library Hall.

This is a call for design ideas from the community.

Bud Werner Memorial Library is seeking design idea submissions for a Community Sand Painting. The community will not create a mandala or any attempt at replication of this sacred art. Instead the images in our Sand Painting should reflect strongly the local essence of our community and/or our landscape. Here are some important elements to consider as you consider the design idea submission:

1.    The Community Sand Painting will be constructed on a low platform, similar to the one the monks will use. The design will not exceed 4’x4’.  Design entries should  be on a smaller scale (12”x12” is the recommended size).  A color picture of the design will be displayed nearby so people would know where to place the appropriate colors. Bud Werner Memorial Library will supply all of the colored sand, and trained docents to assist with the process.
2.    The design should be SIMPLE, meaningful and easily recognized by the local community. The design can be a combination of shapes, images and words – but preferably with no intricate details.
3.    The design should be able to be viewed from all angles, without a defined top and bottom – so everyone who works on it or views it at any angle will still have a good seat.
4.    Many people will work to bring the design to fruition – young and old, artists with and without experience.
5.    Remember the medium. This is a painting in sand. Shapes and edges need to be well defined.
6.    All design proposals must be submitted in color. Color pencil is preferred, or a medium that does not allow for shading of colors, as this is not possible with the sand. Computer graphic design is acceptable as well.
7.    By submitting the design for the Community Sand Painting, you agree to release all rights to use this image to Bud Werner Memorial Library solely for the purpose of the Community Sand Painting.  Your design may be used in part or entirety, in the spirit of collaborative community design.

Design submissions must be submitted to the Bud Werner Memorial Library, attention Community Sand Painting Design Committee, by no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 15.

Designs can be delivered in-person to the Library front desk, or via mail to 1289 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.
Clearly mark all contributions with your name, phone number and email address.

Please contact library Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay with any questions:  970.367.4917 or jlay@steamboatlibrary.org. Thank you in advance for your interest and enthusiasm in helping to create this one-of-a-kind communal art installation in Steamboat Springs!

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~ by steamboatlibrary on May 3, 2010.

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