The Place of Pilgrimage

Benjamin Wells
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2004)
Pages 343–344


This assembly, or conceptual artwork, or performance, is an abstract and personal representation of Upper Meherabad (near Ahmednagar, India) in the area of Meher Baba's Samadhi. This project was created and presented for the spring 2004 Poetics of Place Arts Festival at the University of San Francisco, organized by Tracy Seeley, Professor of English and USF NEH Chair. The piece incorporates multiple geometric arrangements and references to many religious traditions, typically via numbers significant to them. Numbers featured include 1-10, 12, 17, and 19. (What, no 11?) Geometric elements include polygons, polyhedra, circles, helices, catenaries, cylinders, and progressions, projections, reflections, revolutions.