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

Icosidodeca

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

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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.