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Buddha Dreams Amidst the Rubble


Acrylic on reclaimed wood w painted wood frame – 17 1/8 x 21 1/4 including frame.

I painted this in response to the Taliban’s destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001.

This was created from reclaimed trash that people had thrown out –  what they considered trash, I claimed as a treasure and created this with it, just as the Taliban considered the Buddhas to be evil trash though the rest of the world considered them priceless treasures. The reclaimed materials include the hardboard support, wood scraps for the frame and the Buddha and green area behind his head were done on reclaimed paper.

Even though I was upset over the savage destruction of these giant and ancient statues, I dare say Buddha would not have been. So he is depicted in peaceful meditation, with a lotus flower emanating from his forehead / 3rd eye. The colors are vivid and vibrant, in stark contrast to the rubble left after the explosions demolished the statues.

This is also available as a print!

Shipping and handling is $65; local pickup available (shipping fee will be refunded if you choose to pick it up yourself).

Important Notes

  • Shipping is via UPS and a signature will be required upon receipt.
  • I currently ship original artwork only within the USA.
  • International shipping may be available soon. Meanwhile, rolled canvas prints are available to international buyers, so please check out my Prints page.