The floors of almost all shopping malls in the Klang Valley are brightly decorated with kolam colours to mark the arrival of Deepavali on 26th October 2011.
The kolam art use rice, rice powder or dried coconut to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity so she can bestow her blessings.
The kolam in Berjaya Times Square is huge and measured at 6.4m in diameter in way of the main entrance. The elephant headed Lord Ganesha symbolising strength and power is incorporated to the kolam design.
Sungei Wang Plaza kolam size is a bit smaller. The design is a symmetric line drawing with curved loops to showcase a colourful symbol of love and happiness.
The KLCC's kolam are placed at its 3 entrances and use mainly peacock and flowers as the motives
At the Pavilion Mall, the art of designing kolam is given an unconventional twist. In collaboration with The One Academy, they came out with one of a kind 3D kolam at the sixth floor of the shopping mall.
Titled "Unconventional Greetings", the design comprises a peacock surrounds an oil lamp to symbolize the triumph of good over evil, which is what Deepavali is all about. It used up some 100kg of rice in 9 hues as well as stickers and glitter papers to create this 3D kolam.
Water features and flower motives are also featured in this kolam which shows the importance of nature and signifies the balance of mind, body and soul.
An anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. An anamorphosis is an image that is distorted in such a way that it only assumes the proportions of recognizable forms when viewed from a certain angle, or by reflection in a curved surface.
In this piece of Anamorphic kolam Art, the painting is stretched out at the back so when onlookers look at it from a right angle, it appears 3D.