the pixel mandala is my first foray into creating digital new media art. as a final project for my class Mandalas: Theory and Application in Tibetan Buddhism, i created the pixel mandala. the artwork is inspired by the sand mandala. i was interested in the fragility of sand, combined with its ability to serve such a meaningful purpose as guidance in ceremonies and rituals. the five colors of the particles represent the five buddha families, and combine to form an immersive, colorful experience. the piece is meant to encourage play, as there are no instructions, and it always creates something new, as the viewer experiences it.