POSTED September 1, BY FOX CITIES MAGAZINE
A new public art project popped up last month in downtown Appleton: the Appleton Mandala Project. Artist and Lawrence University Lecturer Tony Conrad worked with Appleton Downtown, Inc. to install five 48-inch painted mandalas on the parking ramp on the corner of S. Appleton Street and W. Lawrence, across from Houdini Plaza.
Typically radial in design, mandalas are Buddhist and Hindi symbols of the universe and were historically used in Buddhism to establish a sacred space of meditation and prayer. Conrad hopes the project makes downtown Appleton more visually engaging and facilitates conversations about art and creativity.
Conrad plans to collaborate with other local artists to put up a second group of mandalas throughout the Fox Cities in the future. “I can only hope this project builds some momentum,” Conrad says, “bringing all different types of people together to make our area and others more beautiful and interesting.”