Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud
Siena Gillann Porta
Acrylic, HDPE, Aluminum and Wood
52H x 48W x 72L inches
The title of this piece is part of a quote from the Buddhist Diamond Sutra.
“Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream; Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream. So is all conditioned existence to be seen.”
*There are many translations of this passage attributed to the Buddha.
When there is bright sunlight the grey shadow cast from the red plastic cutout piece above seems so real and solid. When it’s overcast the “negative” flower shapes are very readable as solid form. For me making this installation was about the fun of playing with ideas that have life affirming meaning, (not just for me but for many) and the challenge of translating this into three dimensional materials. This piece when placed outdoors is also a slow kinetic sculpture.