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Travel Mandalas
by Sean Whitehill
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Travel Mandalas
by Sean Whitehill


The Papantla Flyers of Carmen del Playa, Mexico

Giclee archival print on cotton rag

$ 85.00 - $ 125.00 AU

$ 85.00 AU

20cm (W) x 20cm (H)

$ 105.00 AU

30cm (W) x 30cm (H)

$ 125.00 AU

40cm (W) x 40cm (H)

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About this Mandala

When I arrived in the eastern-most corner of Mexico, I’d never heard of this ritual. It wasn’t until I checked into Playa del Carmen and took a beach stroll that I stumbled upon it, in Fundadores Park. What a curiosity.

Five ornately dressed fellows climb to the top of a thirty metre pole, four of them attach themselves to rope by the waist, as a fifth literally dances on the top of the pole while playing a flute and beating a drum. The ‘flying bird men’ then launch themselves backwards like scuba divers off a boat, and gradually descend in a spiral as the rope uncoils itself from the pole. Apparently, this is essentially a 'rain dance' in the hopes of a good harvest. Amazing to see. 

Print Information

All prints are produced from high quality scans that use embedded colour profiles to ensure that the print colours are as true as possible to the original artwork. The prints are archival quality, using the giclee printing process on 310gsm cotton rag paper that is acid-free and lignin-free.

Please note that colours may vary from what you see on your screen or computer monitor. This is due to the fact that every screen or monitor has a different capability to display colours and that we all see these colours differently.

203 x 203mm (paper size) 173mm (image diameter) 
305 x 305mm (paper size), 265mm (image diameter)
406 x 406mm (paper size), 366mm (image diameter)

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