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Open Space Winter Solstice Mandala Creation

An annual event to celebrate the coming of the winter season. The mandala is made from a variety of seeds that feed migratory birds.


This event has already happened.
Dec 20, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


About the Mandala:

Each December near the Winter Solstice, the Open Space Visitor Center hosts the creation of a Mandala made of different kinds of grains and seeds.  Volunteers contribute to the design and build the Mandala.

The Mandala remains in place for one week. Materials for the Mandala consist of seeds and grains which can be eaten by birds, composted or can quickly biodegrade.

The lead artist for 2015 is Noel Chilton.

Cost: Free!

Traditionally, mandalas or artistic circles provide “a creative visual and experiential demonstration of unity with diversity…

Recognizing what we have in common, while respecting our differences, increases our capacity for creating peace… in the pursuit of knowledge we discover truth; in nature we see beauty; from acts of kindness we experience goodness.” -the Mandala Project

Come unleash your creativity, experience unity, and build beauty with us this Winter Solstice by adding color to our Open Space Seed Mandala.

Be sure to also stop by our gift shop to view seed jewelry, and swing by the kids’ room to make mandala crafts and gifts for wildlife.

It will also be one of your last chances to take in the beautiful PARCH exhibit displayed in our gallery. The exhibit features paintings, tapestries, and sculptures of talented local artists with a “water in the desert” theme.

A mandala is...

An integrated structure
organized around a
unifying center


Reference from:

“The word ‘mandala’ is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean ‘circle,’ a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.”


Open Space Winter Solstice Mandala Creation

Open Space Mandala


Noel Chilton
Kim Selving,