Bryant Holsenbeck’s Bottle Cap Mandala was installed during her mini residency with students and community volunteers from Monday, Oct. 18 through Thursday, Oct. 22. Volunteers helped Holsenbeck set up a three-dimensional mandala, a geometric design symbolizing the universe on the floor of the Sanders Rotunda in the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library. The mandala was made from recyclable materials such as mayonnaise jar lids, bread loaf ties, soda bottle caps, and Altoids tins.
The installation was sponsored by College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library as part of the bluesphere: earth art expo “Going Green” year-long series. The series explores the practices, people, science and politics influencing the global green movement. In an effort to promote discourse and education throughout the Charleston community about sustainability, the Friends of the Library will present keynote speakers and panel discussions on emerging trends related to the green movement and whether this phenomenon is a fad or an enduring way of life.
This series of posters was designed by Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem, Jerry Spiller and Marcello Garofalo, a graphic design student at the nearby Art Institute of Charleston, as part of a collaborative community art project focusing on active individual involvement with environmental concerns in Charleston, SC. The posters were used to help viewers interact with Bryant Holsenbeck's Mandala installation at the College of Charleston Addlestone Library during the month-long installation. Each poster contains a QR code linking to further environmental resources on participants' own websites, accessible by code reader apps on viewers' phones and mobile devices.
Exhibit viewers were provided with assistance in downloading QR reader applications for their mobile devices at the Research and Information Desk. The instructions below also accompanied the exhibit to encourage viewer participation.
While you are visiting the mandala exhibit, take a moment to read the QR Code (accessible by a code reader app on your phone) on each poster to find out more about sustainability efforts at the College of Charleston. Need a QR Code Reader? Visit the QR Code Research Guide to find one!
All posters are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, Noncommercial, Share Alike license.
The Service Learning poster linked to the College of Charleston First Year Experience Program, of which the Critical Thinking course is a part, includes courses that enrich classroom instruction with volunteer activities in the local community. The First Year Experience website is
The Sustainability poster linked to the College of Charleston Sustainability Efforts website. The Sustainability Committee seeks to institute the teaching, research, and practice of sustainability and to establish an institutional culture of sustainability -- the ability to meet current needs without degrading the natural systems and resources required to meet future needs. The Sustainability website is at http://sustainability.cofc.edu/
The Trash Audit poster linked to Alliance for Planet Earth campus student
The Alliance for Planet Earth blog is located at http://cofcallianceforplanetearth.blogspot.com/
Collaborative Partners Include: