Members of the Long Beach High School National Art Honor Society participated in a community art project inspired by Rangoli art. Traditionally, Rangoli is drawn on the floors or the entrances of homes as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. The Long Beach students decorated the pavement outside the building with bright, decorative designs based on this concept.
Students worked in groups to create mandala-inspired illustrations that are each approximately 10 feet in size using materials such as colored chalk and sand. They first mapped out their designs on paper, then executed the larger-scale versions that could be seen from the building throughout the process.
“As the past year and a half has taught us, the world is always changing,” said NAHS co-advisors Eric Fox and Joanne Harvey. “This year especially, our students have learned to adapt and adjust. The artwork was created to build community within the NAHS artists and to present them as gifts to our school as a way to represent the fluidity of life. The environment and the elements later determined the existence of the art as a way to ‘let go’ of the past year and bring good luck and prosperity for the future.”