Meeting Place of Many Paths – BC Buddhist Festival May 2016
A commission by the Venerable Tsengdok Rimpoche of the Tsengdok Buddhist Monestary, as a living installation and prayer-sculpture at the 2nd annual BC Buddhist Festival.
The space was designed as home to bring together Buddhist groups originating in some 20 countries, in a space of contemplation and wonder.
It was a sincere honor to be invited to create for such a beautiful gathering. The largest challenge of the piece was to create an homage to the values at the heart of Buddhism, united around the world, while not utilizing symbols from any one tradition – so that all may feel honoured, and none excluded.
The resulting piece was an 11 layer kinetic wind sculpture suspended over a wooden lotus mandala – both modeled after the traditional symbol of the 8fold lotus. Hung from the pagoda frame were streams of prayer flags – following the traditional progression from white (Aether), through blue (Air), red (Fire), green (Water), to yellow (Earth) – each symbol also geometrically derived from an 8-petal lotus construction, to evoke the element. At the event, patrons were invited to write their prayers upon paper leaves, and hang them on the structure – allowing their prayers to join the wind passing through the prayer flags.
Thank you to the Monastics, for the incredible opportunity to create for such a gathering.