Art Deco Mandala

Art Deco Mandala
Art Deco Mandala  /  2013  /  Terry Long

Art Deco was one of the most fertile, transforming, and exciting periods of design, and it’s influence can still be seen and felt today around the world, including the architecture of America, England, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. Art Deco first started to appear in France in the 1920s, but rapidly spread in the 30s and 4os throughout the world to effect all areas of design, including clothing, passenger ships, aircraft, trains, cars, furniture, advertising,  packaging, and  travel posters. In creating my Art Deco Mandala above, I have tried to capture the flavour of that distinctive period.

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Chrysler Building, New York / 1928-30 / William Van Alen / Wikipedia image

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Streamline steam train / 1938 / Poster design – Leslie Ragan / Train design – Henry Dreyfuss

The golden era of the travel poster was between the first and second world wars, and the above poster is one of my favourites from the art deco period.

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Doorway, Chrysler Building / 1928-30 / Wikipedia image

Art Deco Mandala No.3
Echo Deco Mandala / 2013 / Terry Long

Both of my mandalas were created by painting with LED lights in the air, and capturing the duration of the movement on a tripod mounted digital camera.  Several exposures were taken, ranging between 15 to 30 seconds at f 22. Post production consisted of between 16 and 20 digital layer and sections.

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