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Mandala Amphitheater

August 25, 2013

I am so excited to at last formally announce my design collaboration with the fine people at the Caterpillar Hill Initiative (CHI)  to create a sacred geometry inspired ceremonial mandala art instillation that will serve as the heart and center stage of the Avalonia Amphitheater on the Blue Hill peninsula in Maine. I am incredibly honored to play a role in the development of this visionary cultural & educational center!!

Avalonia Amphitheater:
“Connecting people to the natural world through art, education, recreational programs, events and curriculum that honors the principles and creativity of nature.”

To be built overlooking the spectacular 225-degree vista of the ancient archipelagos below Caterpillar Hill, the amphitheater will serve as a space for reconnection, expansion, appreciation, dialogue and creation.  Intimately nestled in the landscape the amphitheater will provide an outdoor public space for movies, lectures, theater, education, art classes, reflection,  and community events.

View more information about the vision and mission of CHI at:

The design

CHI: “Our Inspiration for the  center tile design came from the sunflower, the shell, the Sun, and the spiral.  The spiral mandala design of the amphitheater stage will reflect the awe and beauty of the view, engaging participants in an experience that expands their perception of our connected world.”

avalonia amphitheatre mandala design leah mcneir for caterpillar hill initiativeThis mandala ( a Buddhist/Hindu  term for a symbolic ritual design representing the universe) is based off of core sacred geometry and fractal foundational principles.  Through fractal geometry we see the infinite creative potential and interrelation of the whole reflected in each iteration. The design incorporates the symbolism and universality of the circle and the Fibonacci or Golden  spiral which denotes wholeness, connectivity, interrelationship, harmonic expansion and flowing creativity. The Golden Spiral contains Phi, also know as the the Golden Ratio- the seemingly geometrical blueprint observed in many natural forms such as spiral galaxies, flowers, our thumbprints, and down to magnetic resonances  on the atomic scale. The design draws on the energy of the number 12 as well through the 12 spirals, 12 spokes, and 12 zodiac stones. The number twelve is seen repeating in many areas of human history and has had great importance in sacred geometry, mathematics, world cultures and religions for eons. The symbolic meaning of twelve has commonly been  attributed to be a number of time, completion, the whole in harmony, and a representation of 3d reality. 12 months in a year, 12 hours dividing the day from night, 12 years of childhood, and the 12 sky quadrants/houses of astrology are readily known examples where the meaning of 12’s energies intersect with our lives.  In the center of the design is the sacred geometry symbol of the Fruit of Life and Metatron’s Cube.

From wikipedia: The “Fruit of Life” symbol is composed of 13 circles.The fruit of Life is said to be the blueprint of the universe, containing the basis for the design of every atom, molecular structure, life form, and everything in existence. It contains the geometric basis for the delineation of Metatron’s Cube, which brings forth the platonic solids. If each circle’s centre is considered a “node”, and each node is connected to each other node with a single line, a total of seventy-eight lines are created, forming a type of cube (Metatron’s Cube).

Fundraising efforts have begun to bring  this holistic visionary project into reality.

With your help and sustainable technology we will:

  • Invite the Blue Hill peninsula community take part in the building of the amphitheater, by bidding on the construction contracts and providing commercial and volunteer resources.
  • Collaborate with local architect Nielsen van Duijn and sculptor Carolyn van Duijn on the design and execution of the amphitheater’s tile foundation.
  • Construct the amphitheater platform from earthen tiles, which reflect the mood of an excavated historical site, long buried and newly uncovered.
  • Express the sacredness of the earth and the archipelago of islands, through the intentional use of sustainable materials and building techniques, and by reflecting sacred geometry.
  • Center and anchor the amphitheater with an artistic representation of the spirit of Caterpillar Hill, in the form of a ceremonial mandala capstone.

I hope you’ll consider sponsoring the construction of this sacred space where nature meets creative expression and contribute a tax deductible investment in the arts, land, community, and values of creativity and sharing, holistic reconnection, ecological appreciation and sustainability. With your help we can create a beautiful space that resonates back to the surrounding land’s beauty our appreciation and reflection of the creative and inspirational power of our deeply interconnected world. May this project provide a space where visitors can be inspired to recall and further manifest their purest positive dreams and potentials, and experience revelatory awe and gnosis.

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