June 15 – 18
OUTSIDE/INSIGHT (Room for Reflection)
Part I (wall left side)
Estuary/mouth of river/delta, streaming/drawn from the bottom up. Via the estuary of the enclosed, bordered, channeled (the river) towards the open, free space, flowing out and received by the universal (the sea). Oceans and rivers enable transport of essentials (at macro and micro levels): water as the indispensible connecting force, the conditio sine qua non for life (all of the water in the world is connected), the natural/organic. Charcoal: the soft property
Part II (wall right side)
The 21 iron vessels are associated, in form and contextual relationship with Part IV, they are a continuation in miniature. The vessels point to the personal, individual, private, defined and the ‘cultural’. The vessels are empty, optional, open to be filled, building up from few to many, to suggest movement, a stream, swarm, fleet. Metal: the hard property
Part III (rear wall)
The Metatronic cube is based on the torus. This is ‘a packet of wholeness’, a self-organising system, an illustration of an energetic process, the cornerstone of the universe. If several tori are combined the symbol of the flower of life will emerge (this can be seen in the temple of Abysos (Egypt), in China and South America) or in our own DNA-helix (46 tori). If the 5 Platonic bodies (the manifestation of base forms) are placed in this symbol it will create the Metatronic cube, called after the archangel Metatron (the scribe/learned servant of God in the Christian tradition or Thot in the Egyptian one). The geometric symbol is subtle (shown in the sand-blasted glass), but the power that the symbol refers to is essential and all-connecting (nature – culture, the universal (macrocosm) – the minutia (microcosm), the general – the personal etc. (left and right walls).
A hand forged rectangular horseshoe shaped vessel filled with water (40 cm wide, 30 cm deep) surrounds the perimeter of the container on three sides (left side, backside and right side). The water symbolises protection, a moat, water as a defensive barrier (as around a castle/city), a border, what is closed in. But the water is also a memory trail, in which it acts as an information carrier, which still ‘knows’ all about the journeys that the container has made in its existence. This is also the case for our individual life-journey (the container as metaphor for our delineated/limited individual selves): through time our growing knowledge/experience becomes integrated insight, memory of a deeper and at same time higher level.
A metal stool stands in the middle of the container (Room), so that the visitor can experience the images at ‘heart level’ (ca 1 metre from the floor, ceiling and walls), feeling/thinking/reflecting (Reflection) on his place and meaning in the universe (making room for this), man as halfway point between micro- and macrocosm. In this way it becomes a container/external form (Outside), that holds Insight, the path from outside to inside, from form to pure energy, from manifestation to essence.
If one is silent a whispered text can be heard, intermingled with sounds of water and wind.