As part of the campus artist series, Buddhist monks came to the Davidson College Student Union this week to create a painting made solely of sand.

The technique, called dul-tson-kyil-khor, translates to “mandala of colored powders.”

The monks painstakingly worked on the piece from Oct. 22-25 that begins by creating an outline of the mandala on a wooden platform.

The monks then begin laying the colored sands, using a traditional metal funnel called a chak-pur.

The designs consist of traditional prescribed iconography, including geometric shapes and ancient spiritual symbols, as a way to re-consecrate the earth and its inhabitants.

You can visit Davidson College’s Artist Series page for more information about the mandala and other upcoming arts events.