Newgrange at Winter Solstice


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Newgrange at Winter Solstice

Silk – Hand dyed, screened, embroidered
29″W X 44″H

Five thousand years ago, people in Ireland and western Europe were constructing large passage mounds such as the one at New Grange, County Meath Ireland. At dawn on the days of the winter solstice, sunlight pierces an opening above the door as a beam, gradually widening until the center room is illuminated. In under 20 minutes, the chamber will again be dark.  The large rocks around these mounds are carved with marks and symbols whose meaning we can only guess but they suggest marking time and the life sustaining fact of the coming of spring.

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