Oct 9, 2010

Indra's Net & A Harvest of Falls

Indra's Net & A Harvest of Falls

632 Tyler Street, Port Townsend, Washington, USA

The experience of falling apart and coming together makes up the territory of 'change', with the potential for transformation poised to create new form.  During this 'fall' season, this installation intends to put the idea of a "harvest of falls" in a mythic context.   Within each of the jigsaw puzzle pieces on the wall, resides a small mirror which catches the light and glitters at the crossing lines, inviting viewers to see themselves as a part of Indra's Net

“Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each "eye" of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring.”
by Francis Harold Cook
from the book Hua-Yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra

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