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“In this design, I selected yellow, maroon and black, to immediately associate the design with the feel of the Sri Lankan national flag. The lines are in yellow and black. Parts of the central image are repeated in the four corners to create continuity. The barbed wire elements are only camouflaged within the black lines. Barbed wire came to my attention in 2009 when the Sri Lankan government set up camps for people coming from the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) occupied lands through the no-war zone at the end of the three-decade war. Other elements are lotus buds and lotus leaves associated with the fans carried by Buddhist monks. Other elements include dagoba/stupas, daggers, bodies, and thorns. Woven into this ornate image are elements that represent political violence and the abuse of religious sentiment for political purposes. Yet, anyone can immediately see that all elements together form beautiful rhythmic lyrical patterns.” (Chandraguptha Thenuwara)