by Ken Gordon, The Columbus Dispatch
The public is invited to Coffman Park pavilion to watch Buddhist monks painstakingly create intricate sand art.
Bent over a table, their shaved heads nearly touching, three Buddhist monks painstakingly arranged colored sand into lines and shapes at the Coffman Park pavilion in Dublin.
They worked diligently and silently, the only sound coming from the locust-like rasping of the chak-pur, a two-piece tool through which sand trickles out when a stick is rubbed over the ridged side of a metal funnel.
A team of six monks, rotating work on the mandala, began creating the elaborate 5-by-5-foot circular artwork on Wednesday and will finish on Sunday.