Cultural Gateway

"Cultural Gateway" is a mandala that was created by artist Shilpa Rao during the 'Burbs Music & Arts Festival on August 5, 2017. The word 'mandala' means circle, not limiting it to the geometric structure, but depicting the bigger picture, like the universe and the circle of life. The process of creating this meditative community art was enjoyable to everyone. "People from within St. Louis area and from out-of-town, people from different walks of life, age, cultural background sat together around this piece and helped me complete this beautiful mandala," said Shilpa. "It was interesting to see different perspective, people feeding off of each other's ideas, strangers completing each other's designs! Coming up with a design and facilitating public to come together to add their flavor was an enriching experience for the artist."

"Cultural Gateway" is located by the south entrance of the Chesterfield Amphitheater.