01 December 2010
A Seaside Monument
A friend drew my attention to this distinctive sand sculpture (creators unknown) that appeared near the entrance to the Meher Center beach (photo taken 28 November). It's skillfully made and has primal appeal — cone-shaped monuments, burial mounds, and dwellings are an architectural archetype that must go back to very ancient times. It's as if the power of the circle ascends, becoming more and more concentrated until it culminates in a point. Sea, earth, and sky are united in a symbol of beautiful simplicity. But even without this bit of "art criticism," the sculpture makes a perfect ephemeral monument for the unmarked seaside gateway to Meher Baba's Home in the West.