Origins

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This sculpture was inspired by the Buddhism concept of enlightenment; as well as purity found within nature and the human experience that so often involves stepping away from that purity. The four sides of the pyramid enclose an bonsai tree, with a water-filled chamber that emits light from LEDs and an underwater fog machine. The smoke represents the human spirit, which comes out of the chamber of water that represents unity and the source of all things. As the smoke disperses, it physically contacts some of the 10 Tibetan hindrances to enlightenment etched on the base, and begins to fall out of the pyramid through tiny slits on the side; thus escaping purity. Some of the smoke stays inside the pyramid with the tree, remains pure, and drifts upwards, to represent some of human spirit that is getting closer to enlightenment and rising. The four sides have etched into them the four stages to enlightenment in Tibetan, which enclose the entire concept.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 28 inches
  • Medium: Wood, Acrylic Sheets, Aluminum, LED Lights, Plastic
  • Width: 28 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 28 inches