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Bēhance

  • Unity in Diversity
    Project Mandala (2008) a mandala was made from peace symbols by school children in London.



    In a video-documented process, the most recurring words of students were the desire to "leave a mark." I guess it’s like that all over. But considering that we had a room of 40 youngsters’ and 30 different nationalities and background the simple wish to leave a mark became something important to explore.
     
    So considering their desire -- and the necessity of the school of creating unity in diversity reducing violence,
    on the second step we interviewed the whole school community (teachers, staff and students) asking what would be their ingredient for Peace?
    The recorded answers were compiled in a video briefing and given to students.
    Based on the entire school ingredients (Love, Togetherness, Colour, Flowers, Harmony, and many others even "there will never be peace") the students drew their interpretations, crossing all information’s.

    The site of the installation was the main yard, a large concrete area, with very little green. Students targeted this area as an uncomfortable place with little significance.

    The Mandala of 12 meters in diameter made ​​from drawings produced by the students, created at low cost, a bidimensional space, a kind of square that changed the relationship with the place.

    The word Mandala comes from Sanskrit. Loosely is translated
    as "circle, " but a mandala is far more than a simple form.It represents fullness and can be viewed as a life structure itself. A diagram that brings back our relationship with the infinite and the world.

    The installation was significant to the community of Villiers and other schools from different regions gathered in the following month to celebrate the peace in schools and the value of the differences.