Thousands of tiles of Kolam – the traditional South Indian geometric art form – are being made by Indian Americans to welcome the US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on the inauguration day (January 20).
Kolam is like the Rangoli artform where women use rice flour to draw artforms in geometric shapes, inviting good health and prosperity to their homes.
Indians believe that kolam can help in healing the divide and solve the problem.
Maryland artist Shanthi Chandrasekar is spearheading a community project involving people from different backgrounds to make thousands of kolam tiles welcome President-elect Joe Biden when he takes office in a few days.
DC Public Schools arts director Mary Lambert and visual arts manager Lindsey Vance have joined hands with Shanthi Chandrasekar to oversee hundreds of artists, citizens and students from across the country collaborating together online to combine thousands of local pieces with global strength.
Chandrasekar, who curated the artwork, said the Inauguration Kolam was designed to be accessible and inclusive to signify a sense of unity.
"Many believe kolams symbolize positive energy and new beginnings," Chandrasekar said.
"People of all ages from various communities collaborated from their homes to create tiles with eco-friendly materials. What started out as a local project spread way beyond our expectations."
It is noteworthy that following Trump supporters storming of the US Capitol building last week and clashing with police when Congress was in session to validate Biden's presidential win in November elections many believe that the country is left divided like never before in its recent history.
Many members of Indian diaspora in New Zealand are working enthusiastically in project inauguration Kolam.
"Some beauty after the chaos: in front of the US Capitol Thursday, thousands of kolam tiles are being made to welcome @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris later this month," tweeted IndiasporaForum.
Shekar Narasimhan of Virginia, whose niece and grandniece joined many others to make tiles for the Inauguration Kolam said," "With the rise of diverse America, the energy behind this artwork is a reminder of what binds us together as Americans."
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