P.Wharton

Sacred light 

The spirit of which we seek to illuminate.

 

We're taken to the light of candles on many occasion; worship, celebrations, aesthetics, meditation, relaxation, healing and so on. But whatever the reason, candles have always (undeniably) invoked a sense of the spirit within.  

 

Sacred light (or sacrum lumen) is a series of inverted pyramidal type vessels meant to house  a small cherished memento beneath either a transparent etched glass candle holder, or candle holder matching its base.

 

Personally I’m taken to the light of candles around Christmas, birthdays and so on when I’m gathering a sense for the presence of loved ones no longer around. To share in the celebrations with me. To invoke a gathering of spirit. 

 

Although I’ve many candle holders , I wanted to create one specifically for that purpose of housing a small cherished memento within it. To further that sense of connection much like the presence of a photograph by a lit candle. 

 

Vacuum  cast in a solid Portland cement and gravel chip coloured mix.  Hand finished and  engraved. 

 

Approximate

Width 14cm

Height 12.5cm 

Depth 14cm 

Weight (varies dependent on mix) Approximate. 1.3kilo 
 

Additional background information. Sacrum Lumen

 

A container for relics> Reliquary

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliquary

 

Sacrum.

National Library of Medicine.

How the sacrum got its name.

The os sacrum (sacred bone) was so named by the Romans as a direct translation from the older Greek hieron osteon. Explanations of the attribute "sacred" or "holy" in the past have included misinterpretation of the Greek word hieron, use of the bone in sacrificial rites, the role of the bone in protecting the genitalia (themselves considered sacred), and the necessity for the intactness of this bone as a nidus for resurrection at the Day of Judgment. A more plausible explanation may be that the holiness of the sacral bone was an attribute borrowed from the ancient Egyptians, who considered this bone sacred to Osiris, the god of resurrection and of agriculture.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3550163/#:~:text=A%20more%20plausible%20explanation%20may,of%20resurrection%20and%20of%20agriculture.

 

Tetrahedron also known as a triangular pyramid.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahedron#Integer_tetrahedra

 

Regarding the word sacrum, (language/beliefs) I love the way original meanings evolve through translation and misinterpretation (misinformation) to become something else. And who’s to say where original began in the first place! Sometimes it’s more occupation than misinterpretation.

Crucifiction. Facebook.

Crucifixion.Cross .

 


 

Albert Morris. My father.  Candle holder made from the remnants of the gravestone I made for him.

 

      Photo, and photo edit of Wing from past project. Wing/Medium/resin/W16/H9.5/D12cm