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|Are we rooted in creation or is creation rooted in us?
When we come to examine the question of our roots, and in particular our Irish roots, then it is hard to ignore our pagan and later, Christian roots.
My installation was an attempt to express some of the symbolism that first found expression in pagan times and which was later adopted during the Christian era, and now that we are entering the post Christian, (or at least the post Roman Catholic era), I am striving, (by inviting peoples participation), to give voice to a new consciousness.
My installation contained the following main elements,
-A Timber Screen at the entrance, which evoked the entrance porch to a church.
-Ten Standing Stones, polished on one side with a sawn finish on the other. Visitors were invited to 'leave their mark' on the sawn side of these stones.
-A Stone Basin on which people were able to sit and reflect awhile.
-Two Birch Copses emerging through a layer of Wicklow granite boulders.
-Wicklow granite pebble under foot.
There was a time in history when humans must have felt very small and insignificant on this planet. Today we are still small and relatively insignificant, it's just that there are those amongst us who don't fully appreciate that fact. Despite all our wonderful advances we still don't really know the answer to the big questions. who are we and where do we come from? Why are we here and where are we going?
Right around the world, in different places and at different times our early ancestors strove in their own way to answer these eternal questions. Religion of all kinds grew from this questioning, and frequently their thoughts found expression in architecture.
My standing stones and water basin/altar are an attempt to give some expression to these same thoughts, and I hope that when visitors chose to leave their own personal mark they were partaking in a shared experience of international dimensions. Modern instant worldwide electronics communications are just a new form of religion for me, because I believe that communication is essential for life and it will bring us along the path to asking even more questions about who we are and where do we come from? Why are we here and where are we going? Are we going anywhere? Is there anywhere to go?
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