Turiya Bruce, local artist, created the lotus mosaic on the infinity wall that surrounds the pond where the four metre high Buddha statue peacefully sits.
Turiya has been an artist since a very young child and is well recognised in the Byron shire and this was to be her first time working mosaic with glass as her medium. “As the infinity wall developed so did my talents working with mosaic. I was very inspired as I love the projects Sono and Naren King create at the Crystal Castle and I loved the giant Buddha that was coming to this site—I saw it before it was out of the crate and was so impressed. Two of these four metre high Buddha’s are carved at the same time, just in case one gets damaged along the way, and each one is carved from one huge piece of stone, one giant rock. When I saw the love that had gone into the carving of this massive statue I knew that I could be with this job and give it what it needs and make a really beautiful and sacred design.
I began by sitting at the wall and doing a little prayer asking that it be beautiful and guided so that it would turn out to be fitting for the Buddha. A lotus is symbolic of beauty that grows from the deep mud and I wanted the lotus on the infinity wall to show that we all can bloom and blossom into full flower, and I prayed this project I had taken on would blossom into full flower. The whole journey to create the lotus was really quite extraordinary, and it took around ten working days to complete. It was a significantly spiritual artistic experience and an amazing learning curve that was strongly guided.”
The giant Buddha and Lotus Infinity Wall are one of the special features on the Buddha Walk at the Crystal Castle.
To celebrate the creative buzz that flies around this region, the Crystal Castle has produced a special colour-in book that is now for sale at the Welcome Hut, the Gallery and Showroom.
Ganesh Goes… Colouring Book
This gorgeous colour-in book begins with a beautiful story about the Indian deity, Ganesh. Recognised as one of the most loved gods in Hinduism and considered a great protector and remover of obstacles, Ganesh is known as the Lord of Success and Wisdom. There is a range of wonderful pictures of Ganesh to colour in and the quality of the paper makes it perfect for artists of all ages and talents.
This is just another one of the many reasons children love to visit the Crystal Castle. Come and explore the mystery of the Labyrinth, follow the Kid’s Quest around the Rainforest Walk and experience the beautiful Buddha Walk and the winding pathways through magical gardens that are home to huge statues and mammoth crystals.
After your adventure on the Quest, enjoy a yummy treat from the special kid’s menu at the Lotus Café… and of course Fireheart the Dragon awaits all little people to come and play on his back in the playground.
This month we feature an article by resident Crystal Castle reader Margot. Margot has been reading tarot in Australia, the USA and Mexico for over 15 years.
Margot is known and respected for her caring, grounded and honest readings. She has clients locally, interstate and overseas who seek her counsel to support them with making decisions or to confirm their own intuitions on any matter.
Often when we observe people in our lives that seem to take risks which at first seem irrational to us, we later marvel when their apparently ‘foolhardy’ choices actually work out or take them into new and exciting life directions. The Fool in The Tarot represents this instinctive trust in life and the courage which allows us to move out of stuck situations, to embrace the new and to have faith in our once inner resources and intuitions. We see this sense of wonder, adventure and spontaneity in children. The Fool card reminds us that although there can be no guaranteed outcomes in life, that life is essentially a fearless, creative journey and that the best rewards often come when we are able to walk into the unknown. Reflect on a time in your life when you were frightened of risk or change but instinctively you knew that it was right and like the Fool, you walked the path on the edge of the precipice and arrived at a much happier and more rewarding place in your life.
Margot is available for readings on Saturdays, please book ahead to avoid disappointment.
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