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CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

…endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, showed the ancient reliquary fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made during the scan: where the organs had been removed prior to mummification, researches discovered…

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A Colossal Year: The Top 15 Articles on Colossal in 2015

…rt proved that what looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was actually quite a bit more. The CT scan revealed mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School within the statue. To further the unexpected, among some practicing Buddhists it’s been said that similar mummies “aren’t dead” but are actually in an advanced state of meditation. 1. Welcome to Dismaland:…

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New Text Drawings Formed by Letters From Religious Texts by Meg Hitchcock

…d spacing in the sentences she forms. Recently her text drawings have become a bit more figural, forming feet, scarves, and niqabs on paper with thousands of sourced letters. “The labor-intensive aspect of my work is a meditation practice as well as an exploration of the various forms of devotion,” said Hitchcock in an artist statement. “A long history in evangelical Christianity formed my core beliefs about God and…

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Ephemeral Rugs Formed From Oklahoma’s Red Earth by Rena Detrixhe

…hydraulic fracturing,” said Detrixhe in her artist statement. “There is immense beauty and pride in this place and also profound sorrow. The refining and sifting of the soil and the imprinting of the pattern is a meditation on this past, a gesture of sensitivity, and the desire for understanding. It is a meticulous and solitary act.” By using this fleeting form Detrixhe questions the permanent decisions that have been made to…

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest… These Megaphones Will Amplify Its Sound

…ording to interior architect Hannes Praks the three-metre diameter megaphones will act as a “bandstand” for the environment around it. “We’ll be placing the three megaphones at such a distance and at a suitable angle, so at the centre of the installation, sound feed from all three directions should create a unique merged surround sound effect,” said Praks. The structures will not only be available for solo meditation, but also…

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A Ring of Fire Blazes in the Middle of the Swiss Alps

…he piece is a sculptural and performance-based tale of the lonely traveler, as well as a call and response between the two artists involved in the piece. Tschiember built the circular fire, and as a reaction to her landscape meditation, Gordon installed a sound piece. The howling work is meant to trigger primal fears of dangerous animals and the dark woods, drawing visitors closer to the warm fire. As close as you can for as long as it lasts is…

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