Bodhi Tree, An urban intervention
Buddha attained enlightenment after 49 days of meditation sitting in the shade of the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India 2,500 years ago. Inspired by this idea, I want to create my own Bodhi tree as an urban intervention in the midst of the noise and bustling environment near Union Square. Using speakers and an I-Pod I will install a sound piece on the branches of a robust tree located on the north side of 14th Street between 8th and 7th Avenues.
The sound will consist of the OMS, which I will previously record from my own asanas and other participants in yoga classes taken from July to October throughout some of the many yoga studios along the 14th Street area.
The tree will emit the sound of OM at random intervals, in an attempt to bring peace, awareness and an opportunity for introspection to New York City pedestrians.