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February 24, 2014

Santa Mandala cave-painting

Hello people! Hope you are all doing great!) I’m still in Bali and I’ve just moved from Ubud (closer to the centre of the island) to Canggu which is on the seaside. So finally after 4 month sitting on the mountain I can get some beach lol.

Anyway, before I left Ubud I’ve finished a new painting in Santa Mandala. This was also a wall painting (like the one I did few month ago) but inside of a small man-made cave.

The pictures I’m going to show you do not reflect the reality well ’cause the space of the cave is more or less spherical and I wish I had a fish-eye lens. The colours differ a bit as well. So the images are not documentary but artistic in some way)) Enjoy!

This is what you seen when you enter the cave except for the side flames that wrap around you. The ceiling is about 2-2.5 meters high. People can sit on the steps in the centre of the photo and there are smaller steps beneath the flames.

Santa Mandala cave painting by Andrei Verner

This is the view from where people sit. Most part of the painting process was an improvisation but at one point I’ve understood that the represents Garuda – a mystical bird that is holy for Hindu and Buddhist. So What you see on this picture is Garuda’s flame-wings on the side and it’s head with a lotus and an energy light sphere. The idea is that you are riding on Garuda’s back. People come and play music in this cave and the cave resonates very beautifully.

Santa Mandala cave painting by Andrei Verner

Santa Mandala cave painting by Andrei Verner

This is the visual centre of the composition and it represents the interdependence of everyone and everything inside this space.

Santa Mandala cave painting by Andrei Verner

Santa Mandala cave painting by Andrei Verner

The next two pictures are just snapshots from different parts of the cave. The space is really crazy inside and what you see from one point differs a lot when you move to another.

Santa Mandala cave painting by Andrei Verner

Santa Mandala cave painting by Andrei Verner

Finally I wanted to show you the amazing beauty that you can see when you walk out of the cave. Besides some of it is visible when the doors are open.

Santa Mandala cave painting by Andrei Verner

I hope you’ve enjoyed the showcase and you can come and visit Santa Mandala and meet the nice couple that runs everything there.

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