Roots are the underground arm of plants, absorbing and transporting water and minerals to the stems and leaves. Here we see a root in section, a microscopic view used to classify flowering plants into dicots and monocots. Not the most common image that comes to mind when you think of a buttercup, but this is still a true representation of the beautiful flowering plant (a dicot).
The mandala is a spiritual symbol or diagram used to aid meditation and relaxation. The regular pattern of a root can have a similarly mesmerising effect. Here there is the added effect of stained glass. The central ‘cross’ is the natural structure of the buttercup root.