The Moon Altar
March 31, 2018
Presented by Eric Coolidge & Hannah Mac
Throughout history the moon has been worshipped by many different civilizations and cultures. For centuries the moon has symbolized the divine feminine, the rhythm of time as it embodies the cycle, immortality and eternity, enlightenment or the dark side of Nature herself. We intend to create a sculpture that pays homage to the lunar traditions of the ancients and creates a space for people to realize their own connection to the force of the moon.
The base of the altar is a wide steel pyramid structure (9ft wide, 5ft tall). The pyramids is adorned with patterned cnc plasma cut panels, inspired by norse mythical markings, nature, and modern scientific drawings. Protruding from each face of the pyramid are four “Moon Wells”, ornate metal bowls filled with water, the alchemical element most connected to the moon.
Three concentric steel rings, ranging from 5-3ft in diameter sit on top of the pyramid. Each ring can be spun independently by the participant similar to a gyroscope. At the center of this spinning orb, an illuminated metal crystal is suspended, representing the power and luminscence of the moon.
Four torches (about 5ft tall), will be erected at each corner of the pyramid base to create a sacred space around the altar and guide guests to it in the dark. Additional perimeter lights will ensure the safety of guest around the piece.