What makes a work of art spiritual? How do you make a
building transmit the uplifting qualities of the sacred? What is
the relationship between the evolution of culture and the
creation of sacred objects and structures? To find out,
WIE's Ross Robertson speaks with acclaimed visionary
artist Alex Grey, whose intricate, expansive canvases convey the
cosmic scope and spiritual dimension of human life.
Grey begins by describing his recent visits to Damanhur, an
extraordinary example of contemporary sacred space. Built into
the side of a mountain in the foothills of the Italian Alps,
Damanhur is the creation of a unique spiritual vision, brought
to life with unparalleled levels of design and craftsmanship,
and supported by an inspired and ongoing communal effort. Like
the great cathedrals of old, this modern day temple to the
universal sacred impulse serves as a permanent reminder of our
higher purpose and untapped human potential.
According to Grey, the Temples of Damanhur and his own Temple
of Sacred Mirrors in New York, serve as examples and reminder of
just what's possible—even in our contemporary secular
society—when people come together to create something truly meaningful and of lasting beauty.