© 2018 by Kumi Wickramanayake.

The Vesak Installation

This studio was organized around the Buddhist religious festival - Vesak. Traditionally during this cultural holiday people would make paper and bamboo stick lanterns, light pandals and other festive structures to commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha. The challenge was to reinterpret the idea and the design of the lantern while still preserving the core ideology of the lantern. The structure was built using metal scaffoldings that were then filled in with fabric panels. The fabric panels were constructed using a metal frame to which the different colored fabrics were then sewn in.