100,000 Wishes from China Offered to Vrindavan Wish Tree

Over 100,000 wishes gathered on Mandali Mendrilla’s sculpture dress “Mandala of Desires”, were offered to a genuine Wish Tree in Vrindavan, UP, India, on March 6th 2016.

An intimate gathering of enthusiasts met under the tree at Kaliya Ghat in Vrindavan, and offered over 100 000 desires gathered on the interactive sculpture dress called “Mandala of Desires” (Blue Lotus Wish Tree) that was on display at the China Art Museum in Shanghai, from December 2015 to February 21. 2016, as part of the exhibition called “Forms of Devotion”, organized by the Belgian MOSA museum and Teamwork from India, and curated by Sushma K. Bahl and Archana Sapra.

Mandala of Desires (Blue Lotus Wish Tree), an interactive art installation made by fashion designer Mandali Mendrilla, became one of the hits at the exhibition consisting of 430 works of art from the collection of the Belgian MOSA museum (Museum of Sacred Art). The exhibition was on display on the 10th floor of the China Art Museum in Shanghai and was frequented by 3,000 to 5,000 people daily.

Mandala of Desires is an interactive art piece creating beautiful life by visualization. The installation inspires visitors to imagine a beautiful world, write their vision down on a piece of paper or cloth, and hang it on the dress as they would on a branch of a live wish tree. That meditative practice of collective wishing is well known to traditions of the East and has been recently celebrated by Yoko Ono.

The pattern of the Mandala of Desires was constructed according to a traditional Indian mandala diagram known as Goloka Yantra and the Thousand Petalled Lotus (sahasra patra kamalam) described in the ancient hymn, Sri Brahma Samhita. Part of the Brahma Samhita hymns where painted on the dress in Devanagari script. Mandala’s (diagrams) and the Thousand Petalled Lotus are elements we both find in Indian and Chinese culture.

 Mandali Mendrilla offers wishes to the tree.

The Thousand Petalled Lotus petticoat construction was inspired by the work of Dutch sculptor Bert Van Loo, known for his layered glass sculptures displayed in the city of Amsterdam and galleries worldwide, especially in China.

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