Artists Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen created a series called Mandala that, instead of using sand like Tibetan monks, uses familiar objects such as toys.

The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. We have created mandala’s within our own home out of the stuff we have found lying around in our own creative exploration.

They have a lot of toys lying around! There are eight mandalas in the series, with others made from shoes, magazines, and plush animals in addition to small plastic toys. -via Boing Boing

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