Purification, Third Eye of the Buddha


Fire, Polymerized Origami Peace Cranes placed in the center of the burnt ashes.
40’ Spiral. 2005
Sculpture Trail. Hebden Bridge. England.
Burned on the evening of the London subway bombings with Fire stick performance collaboration.  On virtually every stupa (Buddhist shrine) in Nepal, there are giant pairs of eyes staring out from the four sides of the main tower. These are Buddha Eyes (also known as Wisdom Eyes), and they look out in the four directions to symbolize the omniscience (all-seeing) of a Buddha. Between the Buddha’s eyes where the nose would be is a curly symbol that looks like question mark. This is the Nepali character for the number 1, which symbolizes unity of all the things as well as one way to reach enlightenment—through the Buddha’s teachings.