An effort to
establish an ongoing, intentional relationship
between the arts and the
faith communities to build a more harmonious St. Louis.
Now at MOCRA
(Museum of Contemporary Religious Art):
Rebecca Niederlander - Axis Mundi
The axis mundi is a connector between heaven and earth, a point of beginning and ending. The convergence of the four compass points, it bridges the known and unknown, the experienced and the believed. The axis mundi is a universally shared phenomenon: Norse mythology has the cosmic ash tree Yggdrasil, which unifies the nine homeworlds, while the Bodhi Tree was the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment. The Biblical tradition situates the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden.
The axis mundi serves as the unifying construct for the first site-specific installation at MOCRA, an exhibition that reflects on the communities we exist in physically and those we share existentially—our ever widening and intersecting personal and collective axes mundi—utilizing multiple elements to create an abstracted environment in which color, form and the contemplative nature of MOCRA's space work collaboratively. Learn more HERE. Get directions and other visitor information HERE.
Watch highlights from the 2013 9/11 Interfaith Commemoration in Music