Full of mystery and spiritual symbolism, the mandala (Sanskrit for "circle") is a lot more than a mere circle. Hindus, Buddhists, psychologists, artists and many more approach it as an ancient "cosmic diagram" of sorts which can speak to the human psyche; Carl Jung characterized it as "synthesis of distinctive elements in a unified scheme representing the basic nature of existence."
Whatever it may represent, mandalas are visually fascinating and come in many forms. Instead of paint, Italian London-based artist Leonardo Ulian takes old computer components and solders them into technologically-themed artworks of varying geometric shapes.
Focusing more on the aesthetic form rather than the function of the accumulated parts, Ulian describes the concept behind his series of re-invented mandalas on This Is Colossal:
With the Technological Mandala series I combined the suggestive and spiritual meaning of the Indian Mandalas with something that has been perceived as far from that sphere of influence, technology. The search of perfection as necessity within the electronics industry has stimulated my curiosity to produce this series of pieces in order to evocate that specific need.
I wanted to show what has been hidden from the eyes of the consumer, representing electronic circuits as extraordinary objects where the perfection of the design can becomes almost something ethereal. The shapes and colors of the single components intrigued me for pure aesthetic reasons with the consequent loss of the actual functionality of the component itself. My circuits/ Mandalas do not activate lights or do other complicated functions, but they simply function as stimulus to produce simple questions like: what will happen if a real electric current flows through the Circuit/Mandala?
It's an interesting variation on the mandala, though perhaps the seeming distance between spirituality and technology may not be that far apart in the mandala; for instance, Buddhists and Hindus alike saw mandalas as a kind of spiritual technology or tool upon which seekers could beneficially focus their meditative efforts. In any case, there's something incredibly appealing about these throwaway parts that would be useless on their own, but which take on a harmonious and grand presence when unified together.
More over at Leonardo Ulian's website.