The Dragon Lotus is an effigy piece, created by Coloradans, intended to burn with the CORE group at Burning Man 2012.
This piece is co-created with Andy "Ender" Jalving.
Our team feels strongly that Colorado has been remiss by not representing ourselves in the CORE project last year, and we wish to remedy that situation with this sculpture of a giant lotus flower.
While the primary symbolism of the lotus flower is beauty, there are deeper interpretations of the lotus as a symbol. Given its process of emerging in bloom, retreating, and emerging again, the lotus has sometimes been associated with death and rebirth. In Buddhism the various colors of lotus denote wisdom, spiritual awakening, emotion, or purity. And the Hindus believe the overlapping of the petals reminds us of the layers of awareness that people expose in themselves and journey with in their lives. By invoking such a strong and meaningful symbol, we hope to put people's minds into a mode of reflection about how these spiritual views pertain to them.
Before the burn, people walking up to the flower will see a crank that they can turn to generate sound and perhaps flashing lights emitting from the lotus. The sound will be an array of possibilities: music, fortunes, silly anecdotes, poetry created to cause laughter, a spontaneous dance party, deep reflection, or D. All of the above.
Each of the innermost layers of flower petals will contain a creche, wherein several smaller sculptures will be placed. We hope to collect all 10 of these smaller works from other local artists in our community, and they will be removed before opening the final set of petals.
The second surprise will take place on the night of the burn. We would like to take the effigy burning process to another level by including a small performance piece with our sculpture. One dragon will reside in the center of the lotus that will not be seen until Thursday, when the last set of petals is opened, the second, a "chinese dragon" will parade from center camp. We plan on rehearsing and performing a mating dance ritual with these dragons before the burn, adding romantic love to complete the array of spiritual elements.
The dragon represents good fortune, strength, honesty, courage, fortitude, balance, protection, MAGIC, new beginnings, success, abundance, self-confidence, it makes the heart beat stronger, instills the fire within, it's a peaceful warrior, powerful guardian & guide. It represents the primal forces of nature, earth, fire, water, wind. It is the ultimate symbol of cosmic chi (energy). 2012 is also the year of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac.
We plan to create dragon eggs with high fire raku clay, to be "fired" in the burn & found in the ashes as a symbol of continued creation and abundance. The eggs also represent oneness, created from the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine represented in the dragons. The feminine named COAXOCH: Aztec Nahuatl name meaning "serpent flower" and the masculine named QUETZALCOATL: Aztec Nahuatl name meaning "feathered serpent." In mythology, this is the name of a god of the sky. So the balance (yin/yang) created through the feminine as the flower: rooted, grounded; and the masculine representing the sky: freedom.
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