Segments from Jewel Net of Indra by Gareth Bate featuring
This morning, Google Alerts brought me to view photographs from this positively astounding installation currently showing in Toronto, Canada:
"Gareth Bate's Jewel Net of Indra installation for Come Up to My Room 2012 at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel, is a cosmology representing the interconnectedness of all things. It is based on a Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of an infinite net of jewels, each representing an individual. Every jewel is a reflection of all others. For this ongoing project, Gareth is interpreting the metaphor as a meditation on the variety of lives-lived, and our relationships to the individuals who shape history. What aspects of these people are within us?
The installation is a wall of over one thousand acrylic mirrored discs. Three hundred and twenty-five mirrors contain hand-painted miniature portraits of iconic and influencial individuals. The accumulation of discs fragments the viewers as they move through the empty room. The negative space creates the net."