The Sanskrit noun mandala is often translated as "circle" or "discoid object"; however, the term is also used to define visual and meditative images.
In the spirit of building environmental awareness, this Eco-Mandala was constructed during Earth Week 2014 out of nonrecyclable lids, and demonstrates just a fraction of the lids that are discarded on our campus each semester. It acts as a large-scale object for contemplation of the permanence and plethora of disposable commodities large and small that populate not just landfills but also oceans, rivers, and land. Moreover the Eco-Mandala is meant to promote consideration of the permanent effects of daily, fleeting choices and actions.
Constructed and designed by students from:
Special thanks to Professor Michael Johnson for building the mandala’s armature and Sarah Egger-Weiler for spearheading SSC support.