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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Incubator of the Gods?

From "across the pond" a big cheers to Bev over at Exploring the Mysterious for posting the arrival of the 70 ton "Seed" at the Eden Project's facility in Cornwall, England. Touted as one of the biggest sculptures in history made from a single piece of rock. Fitting as they also sport the world's biggest plant Biomes. (Buckminster Fuller/"Silent Runnings" anyone?)

This is my first exposure to The Eden Project (around since March 2001), and I must say I was amazed at the amount of esoteric imagery that they themselves are consciously incorporating into their "project". Throughout the organizations website we see references to Fibonacci spirals (used in the design of both the "CORE" and the "SEED"), The Da Vinci Code, spaceships, even refering to the one-of-a-kind CORE educational center as a talismanic building. The landscape of the entire facility has been created using these same principles:
"Perhaps the most noticeable of these is the silver staircase on the western side of the pit, so called because, when lit up at night, it resembles a giant staircase running up the side of the landscape and ending at the majestic Cedar of Lebanon."

In a nice synch with the recent article (which I highly recommend) from Sabrina's Journey, an upcoming new addition to Eden will be a Children's garden in the form of, yup you already guessed it...a spiral.

A revolving door of local and international art is on display throughout the complex. Currently two interesting pieces are on display. "The Rites of Dionysus" sculptures by Tim Shaw and "Bee" by Robert Bradford

Turns out the Eden Project even hold regular concert/and theater series throughout the year within the CORE facility. Peter Gabriel will celebrate the "lowering" of the Seed into the Core on June 20th. James Morrison, Rufus Wainwright (pictured left as Grail Knight), Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen (be sure to check out Ben Fairhall's Venus and the Lily Parts One & Two ), and The Pet Shop Boys round out the summer music sessions.

All of this brought to you by the lottery...and another of those VERY large "M"s


hoi polloi said...

Ahaha, love it! Wonderful work Todd and Bev for sleuthing this info! A bee sculpture too?! This is getting really a little bit scary now. The egg reminds me of those old Artemis statues where she was covered in eggs. Here is a link for comparison

FilmNoir23 said...

Oh, we haven't even gotten started on the Bee trail fully yet...hold on to yourself.

The Artemis statue was odd to be sure...thanks for sharing that with me.

greeneyes said...

Rufus Wainwright as the "1" of Swords?

FilmNoir23 said...


Oh yes, sure the "1" or Ace of Swords could certainly be the representation
there for Rufus.

Bev said...

Hello Todd,
I'm absolutely delighted that you have extended upon the story (I personally feel that it was a *very* important announcement, particularly as the stone 'seed' is made of granite!)

Fairly soon I wish to put some further information on my blog about geodesic domes and further 'themes'
about life on Mars. I would also like to link it over to your excellent "Incubator of the Gods"
article. If you don't mind ?

Incidentally I enjoyed listening to your latest pod cast too. I had absolutely no idea that you had your own blog. Which just goes to show that there is always something new to learn and friends to meet along the way.

All the best

greeneyes said...

Could the egg represent a young Amanita?

FilmNoir23 said...


I suppose so, what is YOUR take on that?