To celebrate the universal power of healing, a giant colourful eco-friendly Indian Kolam art was installed in front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. The 2021Kolam art installation wove together a massive colourful kolam embedded with thousands of individual stories – as a peace offering to the US and the world, it also commemorated President Joe Biden’s 100 days in office.
The art was initially created for the inauguration ceremonies of Biden and his Indian American Vice-President Kamala Harris Bidden later the project was delayed as a result of a January 6th Insurrection, news reports report.
The Inauguration, which consists of more than 1950 tiles, is one of the most impressive arts in the world. In the true spirit of Harris’ Tamil heritage, the Kolam 2021 project is a multi-generational collaborative public art offering. Shanthi Chandrasekar, a multi-award-winning multimedia artist from Maryland, was in charge of the 2021Kolam art installation in front of the US Capitol. A kolam is how many women in Tamil Nadu greet each new day. The art form has meditative qualities as well as profound meaning. The beautiful designs made of dots and lines, which are drawn outside homes, offer a sense of joy and peace to those who enter the house. Kolams, which are traditionally hand-drawn with rice flour, are both inclusive and environmentally friendly.
“Kolams are a way to bring about positive energy as a person enters a space. The dots often represent life’s challenges, while the lines illustrate how the kolam creator might navigate them,” said Chandrasekar, who has conducted workshops and lectures to teach people about the art form.
Each participant was asked to pour love, goodness and positive energy around paper dots to create a 12”x12” cardboard tile for the 2021Kolam. Each tile represents a unique story woven together in a beautiful mosaic; the weave of stories is extraordinary and more beautiful than any single story alone. People of all age groups from varying professions contributed tiles.
“After a difficult winter including unprecedented violence and hate, our community in DC and nationwide is proud to kick off Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with this wonderful display of art, peace, love, and diversity,” stated Kishan Putta, Washington DC Advisory Neighbourhood Commissioner.
Along with this Congress members, such as Jaime Raskin (MD) and David Trone (MD) and Michigan State Representative Padma Kuppa also submitted video messages in support.
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