|June 21, 2002
At the Peace Park in Ganges,
Saltspring Island, BC
9am to 9pm
made by the community
of Saltspring Island.
or were given flowers.
Everyone filled their own bowls
and added them to the circle
dozens of people,
and thousands of flowers
a day of sunshine,
welcoming the summer
The idea for a flower circle was
given to me by my friend and colleague c.j.fleury, who has created flower petal mandalas with her community in Wakefield, Quebec
and in Ottawa, Ontario.
Her recipe for a community flower petal mandala can be found in the
Ontario Arts Council's
Community Arts Workbook.
cj was the first person I met who knew about the rich world of Kolam and Rangoli in India, Infiorata in Italy, and alfombras de floras in Guatemala. Since then I have researched flower traditions all over the world, and continue to discover more. If you are interested, try looking at the human flower project,
a site filled with floral customs around the world.
|Sarah and Coleen making bowls|
|photos by Robin Ridington and D.L. Thompson|
|ephemeral art participatory art community art flower art flower mandala|