Bodhi Trees Interactive Art Installation
What is the Bodhi Tree?
The Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa, is a sacred tree to the Buddhists. The Buddha sat under its branches in meditation and achieved enlightenment. It is the oldest tree depicted in Indian art and literature and is said to be the mythical ‘World Tree’ or the ‘Tree of Life’. The tree itself has become an international symbol of the Buddha’s presence and an object of worship.
The Bodhi tree plays a very important role for Buddhists of all traditions, being a reminder and an inspiration, a symbol of peace, of Buddha’s enlightenment and of the ultimate potential that lies within us all.
The Bodhi Trees Art Installation has been designed by Michael Jeffreson, a leading Melbourne Architect, and created by local artisans. Comprising recyclable materials, this interactive project encompasses the attributes of the Bodhi tree and depicts the spread of the Dharma throughout the world.
Each leaf is designed to allow participants to write a special message/wish – their own hopes of enlightenment. The leaf is then attached to the trees and as more people contribute their special messages, the trees expands.
When & Where?
Location: River Terrace