Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How do you make a giant rangoli? You get some help

One  project for Install It 2 is Rangoli: Giant Bird Feeder and while all of the works in the exhibition are unusual, this one will have an added element of intensive community involvement. Although two artists are behind it, Khaldoune Bencheikh and Mary How, many others will be involved with constructing it. Starting early next week the artists and members of various parts of the community, many walks of life and all ages will start work on the rangoli and that will go on through the opening night of Artista Vista Thursday.
A rangoli is a folk art from India where women create decorative floor patterns of rice, flower petals and other natural material to welcome deities during religious festivals. The rangoli for Install It 2 will be made of natural materials as well including bird seed.
Rangoli at Tapp's Arts Center
Bencheikh organized a rangoli making project at the Tapp's Arts Center Last year. Watch a video of that process at this site http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1zYipW2OLI

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