Mandala construction in full swing at college

Sand is used to construct a mandala at Reid Campus Center this week.

Sand is used to construct a mandala at Reid Campus Center this week. Photo by Alasdair Stewart.

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A Tibetan monk works on a mandala Tuesday afternoon in the lower level of the Reid Campus Center at Whitman College. Construction of the mandala, which is made of sand, started Monday and continues through Thursday, when the mandala will be dismantled. In addition to the mandala, a public lecture and film screening are planned at the college. For more information, go to ubne.ws/103acV5.

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Mandala construction

This set of clips shows a monk constructing a mandala, which is a cosmic diagram made of colorful sand.

This set of clips shows a monk constructing a mandala, which is a cosmic diagram made of colorful sand.

WALLA WALLA — Time grows short for a seemingly timeless work of art this week at Whitman College.

Tibetan monks are working to construct a mandala, a cosmic diagram made of colorful sand, in the lower level of the Reid Campus Center, at the corner of Boyer Avenue and Park Street.

In keeping with the traditions associated with the art form, the mandala will be wiped away after its completion Thursday.

A public lecture is also planned at the college in association with construction of the mandala, which has been in progress since Monday.

The lecture, by Tibetaan Children's Foundation Executive Director Karma Tensum, will be today at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Closing ceremonies are set for Thursday at 4 p.m. at Reid Campus Center.

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