This is an old project from 2000, when the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, and the Center for Humanities and the Arts, hosted Images of Tibet, a festival exploring the cultural legacy of Tibet. As part of the festival, Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery created a sand mandala in the CU museum. I helped to set up a webcam to broadcast this event. The camera was fixed onto the ceiling, directly above the table that the mandala was being built on. We set it up to take an image every 2 minutes. This generated almost 1000 images over the five days that it took the monks to build and the sweep up the mandala. The image resolution was 320 x 240 pixels, not bad for 2000! We archived all the images on the webcam server.
I've finally got around to making a video from these stills, using Photolapse, a free tool that compiles .jpg files into an .avi file.
There's two versions: A slower 8 fps version (this one), and a faster 30 fps version (see next video).
There's an archive of the University of Colorado event site here.