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On April 23rd, with only ten days notice, 100

people joined Andres to create a community

artwork as part of a publicity event to bring

attention to the effort to keep Waikawau Bay free

from development. A memorable day in the long

history of efforts to protect this scenic treasure

(more than fifty years worth). The bay offers one of

the longest protected beaches on the peninsula.

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Andres first laid out the spiral design at right and

others filled in the shapes with rakes on the tide

flats at the south end of Waikawau. Later more

joined in to expand the design with free-form

flowers extending outwards. “Kids, parents and

grandparents all shared a magic day together

creating art on the sand.”

Andres created a total of five mandalas along the

bay over the next few days, including the two

shown featuring more geometric shapes.

This geometric design is one of five

mandalas Amador created

on the bay’s beaches.

the mandalas of


aikawau Bay


These vast round creations Andres calls

‘mandalas’ are circular forms common to many

spiritual traditions; they are used for meditation

and concentration. “The Meditational Artwork

is the more intentional side of my group large-

scale art-making”, he explains. “It is a walking

meditation, an opportunity to simultaneously focus

and release our thoughts, feelings, and desires as

we create a huge artwork together.”

Some of his art is reminiscent of a labyrinth, maze

or his original inspiration, the crop circle. Andres

draws many other patterns such as decorative

borders and individual glyph symbols, some

influenced by Aztec designs. A less structured net

design might link rocks, stressing the dynamics

of the relationship between the boulders. And of

course, his work with Maori motifs.

Most are of such immense size that unless the viewer is high on a cliff –

or happens to have a video drone – the entire creation cannot be seen.

However, one can ‘walk it’ as a co-creator, mingle in it, race through its

delightful patterns, and then mourn (or splash playfully) as the tides and

winds wipe the surface, or ‘canvas’, clean.


On May 3 they finished their visit by completing the mandala below.

“This piece was done with friends who joined me on my last full day in

the country”, Andres shares. “I spontaneously led them in meditation

and together we came up with up with this design. It’s a ‘prayer of

appreciation’ and thanks for a fulfilling experience and more to come.

“Today we say goodbye to NZ. It’s been a full three months filled with

exploration, nature, art, and connecting with new friends. What an

amazing time! We are already planning our return by November to

continue the ‘


’ project in which I will collaborate with traditional

Maori artists. I will also offer public workshops and demonstrations.”

“I hope to inspire others – offer the message that the path is more

important than the destination, that the journey should be the focus.

When one is experiencing joy, then the world also receives that joy.

And the world can always use more joy.”

“After being all over NZ, I have found that it is rare to have

such a long stretch of beach without development.

The natural wild areas of NZ are a fragment of

what they were, and it is a gift to be able

to experience this at Waikawau Bay.”

– Andres Amador

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Departs Hahei Beach, 10 minutes from Hot Water Beach.


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Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula



EST 1992