Mesmerizing Mandalas Represent the Spiritual Universe

The word mandala, which can be loosely translated to mean “circle,” comes from the Indian language of Sanskrit. It is a geometric design that holds spiritual symbolism in Hindu and Buddhist religions. The basic form of each pattern is a circle contained within a square and arranged into sections that are all organized around a single, central point.

Miami-based artist Peter Patrick Barreda has been drawing these beautiful mandala designs for much of his life. To create a piece, Barreda first pencils in the symmetrical illustration, and then completes the sketch with pen and ink on acid-free paper. Each full circle represents what the artist explains as the “simultaneously unique and infinite arrangement of elementary particles that make up everything in the universe, from stones to stars to the spirit within each of us.” Just like human beings, each piece is different and provides individuality within the same basic unifying structure. The striking patterns and colors form this extensive collection of prints, all of which can be purchased in Barreda’s online shop.

Peter Patrick Barreda’s website
via [Lost at E Minor]

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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