The great thing about living in a metropolitan area is your access to so many shops, supply houses and enterprises.
Daniel Gonzales and Janice Stango took full advantage of this when they set out to convert their old, dirt-floored garage in North Hollywood into a sitting area (they will build a carport to replace it as per zoning laws).
For the floor, they discovered that stone yards generally throw out broken fragments of granite, so they started collecting these variously colored pieces until they had enough to cover the whole area. After a wood subfloor was laid, Daniel let the accumulated stacks of granite pieces determine the layout of the floor — and they seemed to suggest a mandala.*
“We only had one of this color,” Daniel says, standing on a large remnant in the middle of the mandala; “so many of this color,” he says, stepping out from the center; “so many of this color.” And so on, with larger areas of color building to the edges of the room. Near the doors, the thresholds are different colors.
I think it looks pretty darn cool. Your thoughts?
*From Wikipedia: Mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the universe from the human perspective. A mandala, especially its center, can be used during meditation as an object for focusing attention.