Moon viewing platform

Garden of Stories

Jane Sawyer, Blood Moon falling, 2018, ceramic, terra sigillata, 27 x 27 x 30 cm

Visit the moon viewing platform to gaze upon the lunar transitions that perform the cycle of life and death.

Let us praise the moon, let us praise the moon. Like the cool white umbrella of our King Whose garland is dusted with pollen, It watches over this wide and beautiful earth.

From the Tamil poem Silappadikaram and Manimekalai, 171 CE

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