🌼The Handala...a Mandala of Hands✋🤚🏾✋🤚🏾
The Handala is a combination of two of my favorite symbols, Mandalas and Hands. I’ve seen and been amazed with mandalas in every culture and era in Human history as I’ve traveled this Earth… in rose windows, sacred circles, native shields, medicine circles, Tibetan sand sculptures, Hindu art and on and on…..The other universally recognizable visual is our Hands. We caress our children, build, make art, hold tools, write and create wonders. We express emotion with our hands. My intention was to unite people & communities in celebration of what we all have in common.
I'm thrilled your here and that you can have this art and all it inspires in minutes! Sized for easy framing you can download the file & print at home or send to your closest print shop. Various sizes are shown in the drop down menu.
*you are buying a digital download of the art*
The Back Story....
Ryan Pattee approached me about doing a mural on the side of one of his new properties at 2433-2435 W. National Avenue in Clarkes Square Neighborhood in Milwaukee. He was already involved in the Neighborhood Association and there was a competition for the commission. My proposal included community involvement at the beginning and conclusion of the project. My vision was a Handala, a mandala of hands.At a neighborhood festival we set up space to photograph everyones’ hands in beautiful positions. I created originals of oil on wood and then in photoshop arranged them in concentric patterns to make a Mandala.
The piece was installed and then I painted an organic uplifting mural behind it -an official Welcome to Clarke Square! The grand opening was a party for the Neighborhood with a reception, food, and art projects for kids. We added pieces of mirror I had cut to the perimeter of the Handala. These Mirror Seeds were symbols of what we all put out there as emotion, inspiration, language, love, and intention.
Lighting was cantilevered over the building to illuminate the mural. As the lights change, the different aspects of the mural come to life and the mirrors twinkle. Later that month, the Mayor and other city officials spoke on site about the unifying qualities and lasting effects of the project…. a true transformation of an empty old building to a meaningful vibrant declaration of vitality.
*additional images are to show how different your prints can look when you frame them in different styles
*Prints are sent as digital files at the size purchased. *The sizes are created for popular sized frames and the art is fit to the opening of the mat/ frame with a 1/4 border all around for easy framing. *Please contact me for additional prints, custom sizes, and commercial applications. *Signature watermark is not present in the PDF download file and the print is signed on the bottom. *
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No physical product will be shipped and the frame is not included. Colors may vary slightly due to different color monitors/printers. If you are sending this to a print company they have permission to make one print. This purchase is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. © Artwork is copyright of Jennifer Espenscheid