Goldsworthy as a Scots artist is able to find order between chaos of the world and bridges in his work. One way of bridging individuals is through bringing together their differences and making them orderly. Humanity is bridged by fusing different cultures and making the world less chaotic. When there is harmonious living people are able to bridge east west and nature as is the case in Goldsworthy’s film. Das work exemplifies the aesthetic fusion and vision in his work as well as practice. Bridging is an art that metaphorically symbolizes a step taken to unite and bring order in the film. It gives opportunity to interactions of different cultures and countries. This improves relations and prevents conflicts or war as a result. It also gives the different cultures opportunities to be better.
What does Eliade mean by sacred space and might his ideas
Eliade in his work starts by relating his study to Rudolf’s work on the idea of holy (1917). Rudolf looks into the issue of sacredness as an irrational phase of experience while Eliade is interested in the entire issue of sacredness. He refers to it as sacred entirety. His definition of sacred is something that is the right opposite of profane. Hierophany is further explained in his words for clarity as something that manifests wholly difference. Sacredness is manifested in a different order as something that one has to strive hard to achieve. To further explain he refers to the sacred man who is also termed as a religious man. This man thrives in the pre modern society and is religious. The desire of a sacred man is to live a life that has access to truth. He respects the power that is above all and endures in his practices (The idea of holy 2).
Eliade also tries to show the religious man differs from the non religious man. The religious man also differs from the modern non religious man and is said to live in a de sacred cosmos. He comprehensively covers the differences that religious men and those not religious possess. This is done to explain how sacred lives differ from those not sacred. He attempts to explain the history of a religious man and the non religious (Eliade, 1957).
Eliade asserts (1957) that there is a distinct difference between the spatial aspect of a religious and nonreligious man. The nonreligious man experiences a neutral sacred space uniformly whereas the religious man had already experienced it in their non homogenous world. The religious man is said to have experienced a sacred meaning in the world and opts to live a sacred life on earth. The religious man strives to remain sacred and works towards achieving all sacred aspects of life. The modern religious and modern nonreligious man however, experience a neutral sacred space.
His work explains about sacred places and what their purposes are. Examples of sacred places are shrines, temples, churches and any other places that hold religious meaning to the religious people. He explains that the church whose entrance and internal part is viewed as a sacred has the outside environment surrounding it which is nothing but profane (Eliade, 1957). The church is thus compared to the culture which is a sacred enclosure opening up to gods in the external world. Sacred places came to be through a given revelation from higher power that must have been divine (Rudolf, 1917).
Eliade then talks about sacred places. An apparent model for us is the church, whose key is an entry between the wicked on the outside and the holy in the inside. An equivalent to the church in archaic cultures was the sacred enclosure, which opened upwards towards the sky, the world of the gods (Rudolf 11). Sacred places were revealed to religious man by means of signs of various sorts, recognized as coming from the divine.
Eliade. Mircea. The Sacred & The Profane 1. New York Press: Sacred Space, 1957.
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