Review of Temple of Mnemon

Here is my review of Temple of Mnemon, a sculpture by Anne Lilly that was installed on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston from the summer to October of 2018.

This review was published in Big Red & Shiny, Boston’s contemporary art journal online.

The opening paragraph of the review:

Part of what makes us unique is that we contain bits of memories that belong to our histories and experiences. Yet we connect with each other and find solidarity through our being in the world. Even as people have become less religious in certain ways, they look for something beyond themselves to unite the fragments of their lives. In Temple of Mnemon, which was  located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway this summerAnne Lilly enables us to reflect on ourselves and transcendence at the same time. Viewer-participants must be stationed appropriately to experience this piece of art. Lying back on benches with a headrest and gazing upwards, contemplation slowly permeates the participant. About twelve feet above them, mirrors open and close mechanically, oscillating between their reflections and the sky. This continuous movement discloses the fragmentary impression of our lives, leaving us wondering how to be whole.

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