Humble local beginnings . . . Gone virtual!
Inauguration Kolam 2021 started with hundreds of artists, school children, and community groups creating kolam tiles at home to be assembled into America’s largest collaborative kolam for the 2021 presidential inauguration in a COVID-safe process. We also created a second digital kolam mosaic to enable additional ways to participate. It is a great time to learn about kolams and practice drawing at home! For inspiration, here's what we did:
Both the physical and digital kolam creations add a unique cultural touch for a warm and inclusive White House welcome. While the art is ephemeral, the message and spirit of welcome are timeless.
WHAT IS A KOLAM (pronounced kohl·uhm)?
An Indian art form of geometric patterns, the kolam is a sign of welcome. Drawn outside homes, the beautiful designs made of dots and lines provide a sense of joy and calm to all who enter. Traditionally hand-drawn with rice flour, kolams are inclusive and eco-friendly. Redrawn daily, kolams share the ephemeral and meditative qualities of Native American sand paintings and Buddhist mandalas.