light art installation
the Upward Bow visualized at the Amstelsluis in Amsterdam
The Upward Bow is a contemporary version of the Colossus, the legendary statue of Helios / Apollo the god of light who stood towering over the entrance of the harbor and was considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. With his light he was welcoming sailors from all over the world, with his size he was warning them at the same time. The Upward Bow is a female more spiritual version of the Colossus, and forms a visual bridge between the traditional Indian, spiritual culture and a more conservative, masculine western view. The Upward Bow or Chakrasana in Sanskrit is an ancient, classic yoga pose that opens the heart chakra and by doing so forms a bridge between all the other chakras which lets the energy flow in a circle. Red is considered the color of the heart in Western society. In Indian traditional culture however, the heart chakra radiates green, the opposite color, stop & go. The statue will radiate green light in a slow heart pulse signaling visitors they are welcome to pass through.