When we visited Naples Botanical Gardens last Tuesday, a group was learning to make mandalas from fallen flower petals. Although we didn't take part in the activity, I found that gazing at the arrangements and making photographs were meditative experiences in themselves.
We went to the Gardens to see the Origami Sculptures that are on display this month.
And of course to enjoy the flowers.
The tower of cranes in the center was created by sculptors Kevin and Jennifer Box. Called "MasterPeace", it was inspired by the Japanese “Senbazuru," the act of creating one thousand origami cranes within a single year as a wish for peace, long life and good health. Five hundred of the thousand cranes they created are scattered around the world as individual sculptures. The other 500 are gathered together here in this 25-foot tall monument. (All one thousand cranes are represented as together through the reflection in the pond.)
The single white crane is a symbol of peace and also a symbol of the spirit or soul.
Botanical Gardens always make me feel good ...
and on this visit, the hopeful symbolism of the origami cranes and of the mandalas was a beautiful bonus.
Someday in this world I hope our wish for peace comes true.