Bottle Cap Mandalas      

In these works I use a collection of over 100,000 bottle caps and lids to make temporary installations. The caps and lids are re-used in each new installation. In all cases, these works were made with assistance from the involved community.


“Bryant Holsenbeck draws on the Tantric Buddhist traditions of the mandala, which traditionally are sand paintings created by Tibetan monks and designed to be destroyed after a brief life. The geometric patterns contained in Buddhist mandalas present esoteric charts of the universe. Holsenbeck echoes these shapes, but she has a more immediate message in mind. Created from thousands of colorful metal and plastic bottle caps and usually orchestrated by Holsenbeck as a community based project, her work is an argument for recycling and respect for the environment”
Eleanor Heartney, Curator, “Thresholds: Expressions of Art &Spiritual Life”

Hindu and Buddhist traditions, a circle is never just a circle. It's a shape that represents wholeness. It encompasses both the material and mystical realms, the world we share with others and the secret world of the mind.It signifies complexity and oneness. It is a map of the cosmos. It is the ultimate line that erases all lines separating us from the universe of ideas and experience.

In Sanskrit, the word used for the ritual and spiritual visualization of such wholeness is "mandala."

Mandalas are concentric diagrams, often within or including a square. The square has four gates corresponding to compass points. The kaleidoscopic pattern conveys the multiple layers of experience and the many facets of consciousness. At the center point sometimes is found mythical or religious figures. The many colors signify aspects of human mood and behavior.

To behold an intricate mandala is to venture into a sacred space. The Addlestone Library Rotunda has become one such sacred space, through the efforts of environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck and a team of local volunteers who, under Holsenbeck's guidance, have created a giant, three-dimensional mandala -- from bottle caps.
Adam Parker, Charleston, SC, Post and Courier


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2010 — College Of Charleston, Bluesphere Expo

2009 — UNC Global Fed Ex Building

2009 — Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

2003-06 — THRESHOLDS; EXPRESSIONS OF ART & SPIRITUAL LIFE, Charleston, SC, curated by Eleanor Heartney--Mandaloa installations in Charleston, SC, Greensboro, NC and Clemson, NC

2002 — Copia Museum of Food and Wine

2002 — Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA.

2002 — Exploris Musesum, Raleigh, NC

2002 — Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, «Homegrown» curated by Douglas Bohr, Winston Salem, NC

2001 — Duke Institute of the Arts, Durham, NC

1999 — Bank of America and Tryon Center, Charlotte, NC in Founders Hall


2007 — COSMOS, Wake Tech, Raleigh, NC

2006 — Elon University, Elon, NC

2004 — Hanes Mall, Winston-Salem, NC sponsored by Sawtooth Center, SECCA, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth Co. Schools, funded, in part, by the North Carolina Arts Council.
Elon University, Elon, NC