October 17 - December 11, 2008
Winzeler Gear's art, Devotion @ 50 RPM, is a kinetic sculpture blending two technologies--photography and geared power transmission--and depicting two seemingly disparate concepts—prayer and propulsion.
A prayer wheel is a 'wheel' (Tibetan: 'khor) on a spindle made from metal, wood, leather, or even coarse cotton. On the wheel are depicted or encapsulated prayers, mantras and symbols. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, spinning such a wheel will have much the same effect as orally reciting the prayers.
Imagine the reaction from most religions if prayer could be so automated: A repeating audio recording of the Lord's Prayer or passages from the Koran to relieve the faithful of the tedium of devotion would be denounced as blasphemy, yet the high mountain Buddhists of Tibet send these wheels merrily spinning and are no less devout.
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