Making the Mayan Mosaic (alfombra de aserrín) (See photos)
The mosaic was divided into three sections. The top section features a Mayan woman grinding corn. The middle section depicts a Korean couple in traditional Korean dress called Hanbok and holding a kimchi jar. The bottom part represents a boy and girl from West Africa.
The white designs are made of rice and salt while the hair is made from dirt. The majority of the design is made of colored sawdust. The dyes are shipped from Guatemala. The mosaic border mirrors the altar designs in the sanctuary.
Following Mayan tradition, the mosaic was taken down less than 20 hours after it was made. Mayan mosaics represent the constant change we see in nature in which even the most beautiful flowers bloom for a short period of time.