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
So considering their desire -- and the necessity of the
school of creating unity in diversity reducing
on the second step we interviewed the whole school
community (teachers, staff and students) asking what would be their ingredient
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.