Many years ago, I had the opportunity to watch some Tibetan Monks create a huge sand mandala at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The mandala took nearly a week to make. The end product was not to display it, but to ceremoniously return the sand to the earth — in this case, a pond on University Circle.
I was reminded of this practice this weekend when I heard about the Flower House event in Detroit. Floral artist Lisa Waud purchased a dilapidated house and invited florists from all over the country to turn the house into a huge flower display. The event is just this weekend only; afterward, the house will be torn down and any reusable parts repurposed. The ground will then be used for a flower farm — the wilted flowers the beginning of compost for the garden.
I love the idea of this, and the effort to make something beautiful, not for money but for the process. It is something that is fleeting, like beauty often is. But the best part is that both of these kinds of art are about the gifts that nature offers us.
See more pictures at the Flower House website.