Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dissecting Newgrange

Monday's post about Michael Grab's stone balancing work reminded me of two artists/art works. The first of these is the entrance to the Newgrange passage tomb in Ireland. 

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Even in circa 3000 B.C. the Celtic motifs are evident.
This is the entrance stone which was discovered in 1699 by local landowner Charles Campbell. Inside the tomb were beads and bits of pottery which suggested the importance of the place as a ceremonial site. 
Subsequent Photos Courtesy of
An ariel shot shows the magnitude of the passage tomb.

Once uncovered archeologists were able to discover that the Newgrange passage tomb's construction aligns with the winter and summer solstice. A roof box allows a beam of light to illuminate the space on the longest and shortest days of the year. 

But what I find to be most important about Newgrange is its ability to underscore the importance of art in humans' lives. Created in approximately 3000 B.C. this piece proves that death, reverence for the dead, and harmony with nature are all key elements to life. 

Things don't change. Humans don't change. The importance of art spans all of humankind, empire after empire, religion after religion. 

Art is imperative to human nature. 

- Grace

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