Teens from New Vista Help Paint Our Mandala Wall
For four days in May a dozen high school students from New Vista came wielding paint, brushes, earplugs blazing inspirational music, and personal designs to adorn our 120-foot mandala mural facing Lee Hill road. Led by their teacher Megan Carlson, the students worked for 4 long days in the hot sun as part of a community service-learning project. Some came with designs and others came to fill in the rough spots. All came with the desire to make better the wall and themselves in an effort to give back to community. Each day ended as a testament to the day’s process. Stories unfolded as each mandala design found its way toward completion.
We were encouraged by this hard working crew and so appreciate the expressions of shape, line and color that literally bloomed on the wall!
Following are a few of the stories and photos of the mandalas. Please enjoy and take in the images and words. Our youth indeed have much to say.
Thank you Megan and the talented, insightful and talented group of students for making our view all the better. We appreciate you! Stay tuned for more to come about this inspirational wall!
“Brothers”- (Yin Yang dripping hand prints in place of the light within the dark and dark within the light)
This piece was a collaborative piece with my brother from another mother, Haze (Haiden Davis). This piece is simple and yet symbolizes a lot. We took the concept of blurred lines (drips) and applied it to the yin & yang.
“Brothers” This collaborative piece represents the sacred balance of opposites as well as friendship. The black and white portions and contrasting, however the color of the hands are blended to represent the unity of brotherhood.
“Some Suns Don’t Make it to Sun Down” Stars shine bright, a Milky Way surrounded by the dark. A black sky with the sound of emptiness After the long night, a sun rise, with the dancing of the wind, the music of the birds, and the color of the sun a beautiful appearance one last breath, sometimes the sun forgets to come down… Keep shining bright and be free.
“Possessive” An amazing tool… A piece of art that can cause sensation through the body. The red represents the veins, what surrounds the eye making a safe coat around its dimensions around. Fear, hate, love, sadness, discomfort, happiness, depression, confidence, peacefulness… it can see everything.
To start, the golden background of my mandala was inspired by the music I was listening to at the time of deciding my background. The music that I was listening to was “Jammin’” by Bob Marley, and the lyric was “life is worth more than gold.” The curvature of the design was inspired by my interests of both the real world and the digital world. The curvature itself was inspired by my favorite videogame “Kingdom Hearts,” as there is a lot of curvature artwork in the game. The floral pattern of the design represents my completely sober connection with nature, as I disapprove of the use of any drugs in my life, almost to an unhealthy extreme.
Throughout all of the one’s life, you have ups and downs, good times and bad times. Life is a rainbow of different experiences, there is always something to learn in every situation. Sometimes all it takes is that one moment or project that lets you concentrate enough to let the rest of the world melt away. The mandala was that moment for me and I found more inner peace and happiness drawing and making this beautiful pattern. I wish to do it more and move forward in my life with this type of art as a way to express myself and make beauty for people to see.
D Hewitt: “Inner Eye” I was always interested in the inner eye so I started the eye in the middle and then I just started outward I didn’t really have a plan. I knew I wanted to have a yin and yang symbol in it somewhere and the I just put those in there when it fit. When I put the colors in I actually worked outward to middle and tried to use nice smooth colors.
My inspiration for most of these mandalas comes from the very center of the mandala, it would be something random like an eye or yin and yang and than ideas just kinda flow from there.It was really fun and relaxing just working outside with my friends and peers getting ideas from everyone else and vice versa. All in all it was really fun.
Mara Jenne: My mandala is an abstract yin and yang symbol. It used night and day as the representation of the yin and yang. On the right side is yin, using the luna moth wings and the smoky night sky at it’s half circle center, with the contrast of the rising sun between each butterfly wing. On the left is the yang, with a butterfly that’s silhouette is based off of a sunlight butterfly, with the midday sun at is half circle center, and the starry night sky with the crescent moon in between each wing.
Ashton Sasser: For this mandala project I created two separate designs. In my initial design I was mostly exploring the intricacies of symmetry, taking a kind of departure from my usual style. I also explored an unusual color scheme, employing striped patterns of red and yellow. The second design however, I created an illustration depicting a skull…