2010 Infecting the City – Mandala for Healing


Mandala for Healing – Turning the dust of human trauma into a symbol of reconciliation

When: February 2010

Mon 15, Tues 16, Thurs 18, Fri 19 at 10h00 to 16h00

Wed 17, 10h00 to 12h30; 14h30 to 16h00

Sat 20 at 09h00 to 13h00, 13h00 Closing Ceremony – Please join us from 12h30 onwards to walk to the harbour to release the sand in the ocean.

Where: St Georges Cathedral, CapeTown

Duration: On going

The ancient Sanskrit word ‘mandala’ means sacred circle. Found in the iconography of nearly every world religion, mandalas are associated with meditation, harmony and the creation of sacred spaces. They are powerful symbols, understood to bring order to the world, and inner-stillness to those who make them.

Throughout the duration of the Festival, Such Initiative creates a mandala from sand and other natural materials collected from sites in and around Cape Town where human rights violations have occurred. Like alchemists, the artists will transform base material into something precious. They use the process of building this symbol to reflect on the trauma that they’re working with, hoping to initiate an energy of collective healing by inspiring passersby to do the same.

The artists invite you to bring earth from your own sites of personal trauma for inclusion in the Mandala of Healing.

For a detailed description (that will download in Excel format) of the 20 sites Hannelie and Usha will collect sand from click HERE.


hannelie creating a stencil IMGP2385 usha creating a stencil mandala outline

A day to day documentation of the Mandala ‘building’.

Trojan horse, Athol IMGP2478 IMGP2604 IMGP2698 IMGP2695 IMGP2937 IMGP3040 IMGP3184 IMGP3522 bags sand IMGP3957 IMGP3951 _MG_3555 _MG_3573 _MG_3630 20100220_Infecting_111 20100220_Infecting_153(2)


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1 Comment

  1. 11 February 10, 1:05pm

    Wow! It looks inspirational. See you in Cape Town.