Arizona artist Kathy Klein makes extraordinary natural mandalas with the patience of a Buddhist monk.Using multicolored flower petals, seeds, stones, leaves, pinecones and even fruits and vegetables, Klein creates ephemeral 2D representations of the Universe. She calls these unique artworks Danmalas, which translates to “the giving of flower circles” in Vedic Sanskrit, takes a photo and leaves them as a gift to whoever discovers them.
Inspired by both nature and mandalas, Klein has found her own unique way of expressing the beauty and abundance of her surroundings. She uses all sorts of natural finds to represent the ancient Hindu and Buddhist spiritual symbols. The resulting geometric art pieces she calls Danmala, a word based on the Vedic Sanskrit words dān (“the giver”) and mālā (“garland of flowers”), which translates to “the giving of flower circles”.
To make her intricate designs, she first centers herself in a meditative devotional space and gathers the natural objects needed while keeping her mind in mantra. After that, she meticulously arranges every element into an unexpected beautiful combination full of vibrant colors and unique forms. After taking a picture of the resulting creation, Klein leaves it on site as a gift to any lucky soul that finds it.
Via This is Colossal
Photos by Kathy Klein