South Mall Lawn,
University of Texas
November 3, 2009
At the center of the Mandala (meaning “circle” in Sanskrit) was Can Mountain, which grew - can by can – surrounded by an interactive art installation created from fresh produce, cardboard produce boxes, and hand painted cardboard signs with slogans calling for hunger awareness, wellness, and peaceful cooperation. Colors of the produce – East/Yellow, South/Green, West/Red, North/White – were oriented to four cardinal directions, a practice common to Native Americans and many cultures around the world. Throughout the day, student groups and community organizations shared diverse talents, adding music, dance, and art-making to the festive celebration. The growth of contributions this year was remarkable, despite a climate of economic shortages. When the Capital Area Food Bank truck arrived at sunset, the produce weighed 875 pounds and the canned food and non-perishable food items totaled 1100 lbs– overall, just under a ton! (The inaugural 2007 Harvest Mandala yielded 470 pounds of produce; the 2008 event collected over 1700 pounds).
Campus and community partners include the Fine Arts Council, Phi Delta Chi Fraternity, Sustainable Food Center, Whole Foods, Wheatsville Co-op, HEB, Boggy Creek, Austin Farmers’ Market, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Rose’s Fresh Foods, Greenling, Daily Juice, Austin Green Art, Theatre Action Project, Studio 3 (screen printing eco-friendly event T-shirts), Ginny’s Printing, Treasure City Thrift, Top Drawer, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Chi Omega, Delta XI Chapter of Alpha Kappa, Alpha Kappa Sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, UT Closet Artists, UT Student Nursing, Nourish International, Communications Council, University Vegetarians, Asia to America, Straight Music Co, Nov 27, Blonde Ambition, Earthlight Creations, Photography, Impact Dance Co., Texas Ballroom Dancing, and the Daily Texan.
Visit www.harvestmandala.org for more photos, links, and information