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For thousands of years, Indian women have created these elaborate geometric designs using a variety of natural materials—flowers, spices, sand, and natural pigment—to mark auspicious occasions, celebrations, and milestones.

In May of 2012, Tibetan monks and nuns visited the Exploratorium with their exhibition "The World of Your Senses." Master Painter Jampa Choedak created a painting using thangka techniques while in residence.

This After Dark event, which explored the science behind slowing down, included artist Joe Mangrum, who created a sand mandala on the floor of the museum. In this timelapse video, shot over 8 hours, you can see the full arc of the work.