Traverse Divine: A Gateway for Introspection

By Jenny Zeller


This past April brought a return visit from Murray, Kentucky artist, willow sculptor and 2019 Artist in Resident Justin Roberts. Roberts came back to Bernheim to rehabilitate the Sounds of the Whippoorwill installation on the backside of Lake Nevin and to install Traverse Divine, the entry archway portal into our newly designated Mediation Trail in memory and honor of Lily Banerjee, located directly behind the Silos Stage at the Education Center.

Vesica Pisces is the mother of geometry and represents the divine union from which everything else is born.

Traverse Divine taps into the sacred geometry that’s all around us. We observe its wonder in the coil of a snail shell and the fan of a pinecone. The installation design is based on the shape of two circles intercepting. The area created by these transversal lines are called VESICA PISCES, known as the mother of geometry and represents the divine union from which everything else is born. Its origin is unknown but its use and meaning weave in and out of all cultures and designs. It is where the mind, body, and earth meet. As you set forth on the meditation trail, know that you are a part of this sacred design.

Traverse Divine was conceptually designed by Shannon Davis-Roberts with armature and installation help from welder Nathan Kennedy, both from Murray, KY. Working onsite for two weeks, Justin Roberts actively engaged and educated the public about ecology, biology, and sustainability while inspiring positive change in the way our society views, values, and interacts with the natural world through the lens of art.

Experience Traverse Divine at Bernheim today!

LEFT: Traverse Divine artists Justin Roberts and Nathan Kennedy. RIGHT: Engaging with students on a Weaving Art and Science in Nature field trip with Bernheim educator Mr. Dan.

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