Whakatane Museum presents a rare opportunity to watch the laying down of multi-coloured sands by Jamjang Sherab and Karma Gyasey, monks from the Jam Tse Dhargyey Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Northland, as they create a medicine mandala - a circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. Timed to salute the completion of the Whakatāne Hospital redevelopment, Whakaora also includes works on the theme of healing by national and local artists including work by Gallery artists Dion Hitchens, James Ormsby, Ben Pearce and James R Ford.
The dissolution ceremony is 2.30PM this Sunday; blessings, the mandala is destroyed, swept up and then there is a procession down to put it into the river. All welcome!
Whakatane Museum, Opus Gallery: 15 Jun 2014 - 10 Aug 2014
Photographs by Kay Boreham, Museum and Arts Exhibition Co-ordinator and courtesy of Whakatane Museum.