Project Description

What is this artwork?

“Enter the Light” is a Merkabah that is suspended within the frame of a pyramid, hanging above a mandala that represents the five elements – fire, earth, water, air metal/spirit. In unity, this installation serves to portray the geometry of our universe, allowing us to gaze directly at the lines on the face of deep wisdom and offers up a glimpse into the inner workings of the Universal Mind and the Universe itself.

I created this artwork because I was drawn to the Merkabah itself and wanted to display it’s simple yet complex geometry. It’s symbolism itself holds such beautiful meaning, and I wanted it to be the centre piece of the overall installation. Positioning it suspended within a pyramid not only represents the divine power that can be generated with it, but also gives an illusion of it floating in the air from afar. I created the mandala out of only natural items, such as wood, bark, stones, spices, pinecones, crystals to represent how the Earth was created. Displaying this through a representation of the five elements reminds us of the birth of the universe and its’ infinite size.

In unity, the installation serves to reminds us of our roots, that we were all nothing once that eventually became something or someone. My hope through this artwork is for people to live with gratitude and humility.

Symbolism

The Merkabah

‘Mer’ means Light. ‘Ka’ means Spirit. ‘Bah’ means Body. The Merkabah is a vehicle of light that carries spirit from our body into higher dimensions. (This process is known as ascension). This divine light vehicle is allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms. It’s form, the Star Tetrahedron, is a sacred geometrical structure which is derived from the flower of life. It symbolises harmony and equilibrium within it’s two complementary halves. The top triangle represents masculine energy or ‘yang’ and the bottom triangle represents feminine energy or ‘yin’.

The Mandala

Mandala, loosely translated as “circle” in Sanskrit, is a circular piece of sacred art with dividing lines which separate it into several quadrants. It represents the very nature of our reality: wholeness, oneness, and equilibrium of divine consciousness which exists within, and extends beyond, the reaches of our body and mind. (As above, So below. As within, So without) The Mandala represents wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds.

The Pyramid

The pyramid is symbolic of the archetypal forces present within our reality. It is representative of the descending rays of the sun, and is known as a gateway for ascension to higher realms. It is also a symbol of personal development and represents the sense of harmony and unity within ourselves and with the environment to which we aspire.

The Five Elements

The five elements – fire, earth, water, air, metal/spirit are believed as what the universe is made up of and are representations of the transformation that occurs in the world around us. Each element is derived from one of the 5 Platonic Solids contained within the flower of life, which directly relates to the 3 Dimensional nature of “matter” and the sacred geometrical structure of our universe.

With thanks to:

Billy Lockyer, Earthcore Festival, Paul ‘Shark’ Kalkandis, Jim Axiotis, Darren Burgess, The Bradleys, Martin Bonne

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Concept Art

Thank you Martin Bonne for translating my 2D drawings into 3D.

Empath Designs Enter the Light Installation Concept
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Artists’ Notes

Mandala

Fire

  • Cinnamon sticks, bell pepper, dry pepper, paprika, sumachi, turmeric, saffron, black pepper, cardamom, tanbark, cumin

Air

  • Sage, mugwort, soy beans, peacock feathers, dandelion flowers, cloves

Water

  • Rice grains, sea shells, snail shells, chamomile, green lentils, rolled oats, barley, sea salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds

Spirit

  • Crystal grids for a different day

Earth

  • Bark, wood pieces, pinecones, fern leaves, gum nuts,  oregano, ginger, immortelle, coriander, basil, bay leaves, star aniseed

*Himalayan salt was also used to create the mandala. Himalayan salt serves as a cleanser.
* No screws or nails were used to hold the frames together. Everything was tied securely by jute and rope. Only floor anchors were used to pin the pyramid frame to the ground.

Time

  • Approximately 6 months of planning prior to event
  • Pre-event preparation approximately 24 hours spent on purchasing and sourcing materials, testing Merkabah frame, testing overall installation, lighting testing
  • Actual preparation at venue took approximately 28 hours over 3 days between 2 people. This involved setting up the frame, tying it securely twice (first with jute, second with rope), securing the pyramid frame to the ground, building the Merkabah (approximately 12 hours to get the geometry right and to attach cloth to frame), suspending the Merkabah, setting up lighting, creating Mandala (approximately 6 hours)
Personal thoughts

This was my very second installation, which in my opinion was a major step up from my first one. I had less preparation to do prior to the event, less materials to use overall, had better lighting organised and setup, and it was a much simpler design to work with. Although it took us more time to set it up between 2 people, we definitely put our heart and soul into making it sturdy and as geometrically accurate as possible. It would have been interesting to see how long this installation would have lasted against the weather!

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