Images of the Buddha dominate the work of Sri Lankan sculptor. Limestone, which is plentiful, was used for early works (which means they havn't weathered well), but a variety of other materials has been used over the centuries, inluding jade, rock, crystal, marble, emerald, ivory, coral, wood, and metal. The Buddha is represented in three main poses: standing, meditating, and reclining. The ornamental sculptures on the staircases of Buddhist shrines and palaces reveal exquisite skill of Sri Lankan sculptors and also symbolize religious belief among the Sinhalese Buddhists.
Staircases at Sri Lanka's ancient temples and palaces reveal a wealth of finely sculpted details, with the elaborately carvedmoonstines being a notable feature.
Sri Lankan painting closely attaches to Buddhist belief. Themes in Sri Lankan painting are all related to Buddha: Buddha's life and tales of former lives of the Buddha, for example. The excellent painting works can be seen on walls in several Buddhist monasteries and shrines. There are two different styles of painting in Sri Lanka: classical style and Kandyan style. The Classical style is vigorous, complex and expressive whereas the Kandyan style holds it simplicity and continuity of expression.
The rice-flour designs or Kolams (also called Rangoli) that adorn thresholds in Tamil areas are mouch more than mere decoration. Traditionally, kolams are drawn by the women of the household at sunrise and are made of rice-flour paste, which may be eaten by small creatures - symbolising a reverence for all life, even the most appearently insignificant. This gesture is doubly blessed; giving as one's first of the day is viewed as extremely auspicious.
Architecture in Sri Lanka is closely based on religious beliefs like most other forms of Sri Lankan arts, and undoubtedly, Buddhism is one of the most influential elements, making Sri Lankan architecture is unique. Not only Buddhism, Hinduism is another important influence on Sri Lankan architecture represented as the Hindu temples and shrines of the Hindu Tamils. Since Sri Lanka has been occupied by three generations of colonization, beginning with the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch and finally the British, the architecture in Sri Lanka has been developed and influenced by those three culture though the course of time. The colonial legacy as seen in ancient colonial buildings in the country even enhances the charm of Sri Lanka. So to say that, Sri Lanka is a place where different cultures have intertwined together, creating harmony and at the same time the uniqueness of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka local industry is struggling to complete against Indian movies and against television. Film shot of location in Sri Lanka include Elephant Walk, hich starred Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Finch, and David Lean's Bridge on the River Kwai. More recently Sri Lanka has been used as a setting in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Mountbatten: the Last Viceroy.