Throughout the week I saw this temple very successfully fulfilling its purpose. These domes are already so beautiful, and they create an amazing space to gather and connect. The altar was filled will flowers picked from the field throughout the week, and there was rarely a time when I saw the space without an inhabitant.
I seldom needed to mediate the space. Normally when we do dome installations like this we go in and check on people, see how the vibe feels, take some photos, etc. It takes some managing. But at Solstice, the feeling of calm I got from it was so apparent that I had no worries about managing the vibe.
It was nice that the dome wasn’t skinned and you could look through into the inside of the temple. It meant that it wasn’t rain proof, but it still provided amazing sun coverage and a wonderful place to rest. I walked by often on my way to the pond, peeking in at those engaging in the dome. There was often only one or two people inside, silently sitting in a meditative pose or talking to one another quietly. The dome was used for what it had been brought for, and It filled my heart with joy every time I saw.
Unlike much of the work that I do which is focused on bringing community into a space to connect, the spirit of the Halcyon Temple desired to be something different. It chose to be quiet and safe, allowing for a space of solitude, ease and harmoniousness.
All of the feedback that has come so far was that the space succeeded in being a point of calm and spiritual connection for people at the festival. I am so grateful when these domes can provide a useful and necessary space.
I really believe that non-denominational temple space is so important for people. We live in a climate of transience that is becoming unattached to place or culture. For me creating nomadic spaces where individuals can connect to something greater than themselves is essential in helping to create a world where people feel an ethics of responsibility to each other and the planet. These easily moveable domes are such an incredible tool to facilitate that process. Not only does the underlying geometry of the dome make for a wonderful structure for any sacred space, but the mobility of it allows us to bring it anywhere, anytime.
I am so grateful for the way this installation was received, and I’m so grateful for the capacity to bring these domes into communities around the globe. They truly are special structures.