The Forever Museum Archive: Dome and Double Nymph_An Architectural Template for Spiritual Worship Verbier 3D Sculpture Park, Switzerland
Titled “The Forever Museum Archive: Dome and Double Nymph_An Architectural Template for Spiritual Worship ”, this group of sculptures is currently located 9,000ft above sea level near the town of Verbier, Switzerland. It is accessible by car and then by foot. It is the result of ongoing research, manifested in both literary and 3-dimensional interpretations that stem from “The Forever Museum” essay.
“Dome and Double Nymph” employs a set of systems, both architectural and performance based. Each of the components comments on aspects of historiography pertaining to religion, nature and architecture. I sought to create a template of a sanctuary/meditative space that is both shamanistic and monotheistic. It seeks to analyze the disjunctures between “pagan” religious beliefs and mainstream, pious architecture through 6 parts.
The first component is the carving of a siamese Alpine tree, 42'h x 2'w. The 2 trees are naturally joined at the hip with 4 vagina-like crevices within the hips, hence the name "Double Nymph". It serves as a maternity figure within the sanctuary. Due to its spear-like shape, it also doubles as a war object.
The second component is a dome in which the large carving resides. It serves as a template of a historical dome rather than a utilitarian dome. I arrived at the size and shape by using the scale of my body--the size of the individual glass of the dome is sized to the measurement of my torso, and the frames holding the glass measure my arms spread apart from finger tip to tip. It is a reference to Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. Composed of steel and glass, the dome is 14ft in diameter--1.5 my body length.
A “Viewing Room”, 42' x 10' x 8', is the third part. It contains a vitrine, 10''d x 26''w, recessed beneath the surface of the floor. It encases various artifacts, mainly the skin of the carved tree for both protection and display. Other artifacts include a multicolored chunk of mosaic tiles; a pair of carved cow horns, which belonged to an ancient herens breed native to the Swiss Alps since 2nd century BC; and a chunk of carrera marble flooring.