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Sue’s Mandala Tile Mural

Sue held 12 community workshops in different locations around Plattsburgh.  The Cultural Arts Center gave her room to spread the mosaic out on the floor in preparation for installation.
Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

When it’s laid out on the floor, it gets covered with plastic glued on one side to pick up the tile in sections and moved to the wall.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

The wall had to be scraped clean of paint, that took four people three days.  Sue begins installation with the center of the Mandala.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

During installation lots of passersby were checking out the progress from day to day.  Sue had help at this point from college students, clay artists and her daughter CJ.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

Then comes the unveiling after six months of work and preparation.  Sue researched Tibetian culture and the art of the mandala.  She created this design with respect to Tibetian symbols but also incorporated her own ideas.  TV, radio and newspapers all covered the event, of what will become a very distinct piece of art on permanent display in the city of Plattsburgh.  The owner of the building was very happy as well.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

At the end of the unveiling ceremony they released white doves.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

The permanent installation is 10 feet in diameter and you can find it at the corner of Bridge Street and City Hall Place.  It is a short distance to Sue’s other mural on the Government Center Building at Court Street and Marion Street.  Look over the parking lot at the brick building, can’t miss the forty foot mural that Sue did two years ago.

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Afterwards there was a wonderful reception and Sue got to talk with some of the community people who participated in the project.

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Here’s what people don’t see on the backside.  At the end of a long day of scraping, installation or grouting she has to clean her tools and get ready for the next day.

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Not only is Sue talented in the design and execution of installation, but her ability to put together community workshops, and having many different types of people to teach how to make tiles with is extraordinary.

It’s quite an accomplishment on many levels, and they all came together to make one memorable art installation for the city of Plattsburgh.