A Flashing Mandala

flashing mandala

Mandalas are used for meditation and contemplation. They are also supposed to represent the universe, which we now know is in a constant state of change. Generally, this means mandalas are non-moving images, and (traditionally) they certainly don’t flash. This is, therefore, an attempt to update the concept of the mandala for the modern age, reflecting our current understanding of the universe.

An Enneagonal Mandala

enneagonal mandala

I made this years ago — in 2010 — and just found it today, on Facebook. That was two years before this blog started. I like finding such “lost works,” but it doesn’t happen often these days. 

32 Octagonal Mandalas, Rotating in the Dark


To create the octagonal mandalas, I used Geometer’s Sketchpad and MS-Paint. I then projected them onto the faces of an all-but invisible icosidodecahedron, and created this rotating .gif image of it, using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, software you can try for free, right here.

Cuboctahedron with Mandalas


Cuboctahedron with Mandalas

The images on the faces of this polyhedron may be seen in still black and white in the previous post. I used Geometer’s Sketchpad and MS-Paint to make the flat image, and then Stella 4d to put it all together. You may try Stella for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

Great Rhombcuboctahedron with Red and Blue Mandalas


Great Rhombcuboctahedron with Red and Blue Mandalas

The design on the faces first appeared in the last post, and was made using Geometer’s Sketchpad and MS-Paint.

I used Stella 4d, another program, to put this design (as a colorized version) on the octagonal and hexagonal faces of this great rhombcuboctahedron, and then render the square faces of this polyhedron invisible. This program is available at http://www.software3d.com/stella.php.

A Dodecahedron, with Mandalas in Six Colors


Dodecahedron with Mandalas in Six Colors

Geometer’s Sketchpad and MS-Paint were used to create a black-and-white version of the flat image (seen in the previous post) on each face of this dodecahedron. The rest of the work to made this 3-d rotating image was done with Stella 4d, which you can try for yourself at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.