Letter from Northeastern State University about Monument to Forgiveness

Posted by on May 26, 2016

I received a letter from the Northeastern State University from Nancy Garber on the upcoming unveiling on June 20th and official gifting of the Monument to Forgiveness. The University will steward the monument from now on. You can read this 6-page letter at your leisure, here: http://transformationthroughforgiveness.org/monument-forgiveness-gifted-nsu/...

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Song in Stone

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011

Song in Stone

Sequestered among tall eucalyptus trees in a private corner of La Casa de Maria retreat center, a petite yet determined sculptor, Francis Jansen, has for months been hammering out the most profound sculpture of her career to date. “These are mythic beings,” Jansen said, referring to three beautiful female forms lifting one of two limestone pillars and a male figure featured centrally in the other. Holding an infant in his arms and adorned with vines laden with seed pods, the latter represents man in rapport with nature, said Jansen. He is joined by a stately bison, coyote, dolphin, raven, and eagle, and is enshrined – in equal measure to his female counterparts – with fecundity and grace. The two 8-foot-tall monuments stand nearly finished with only details left for Jansen to complete as she prepares for a public unveiling on Sunday, October 9, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the carving site. The elaborate figures in both sculptures are carved in relief against gently spiraling columns and are framed by 2-foot-wide engraved capstones bearing the images of sacred geometry. Upon viewing them, one is struck by the delicacy and harmony the pieces transmit. They are indeed among the softer, more subtle of all Jansen’s work. Named Pillars of Providence, these lyrical, illustrative pieces nonetheless pack a powerful message – perhaps even a plea – for humanity to reclaim a proper balance and interconnectedness with the Earth. Mo McFadden Francis Jansen’s Pillars of Providence sculpture The two pillars abound with myth and metaphor, “enough to keep Joseph Campbell busy for a week if he were still alive,” joked Francis. And this is not much of an overstatement once the rich symbolic content of the images is reviewed. The effect is gently enlightening as one allows the eyes to wander through the work, which, like a painting, tells a story of deep reverence, innate intelligence, and intimate connection. One pillar features a tree in strong relief with sinuous, textured bark growing symbiotically beside the great mother, helping to convey a message of grounded strength, love, and sensuality; and the third figure in this piece, a wise woman depicted with eyes closed, represents higher intelligence and intuition. “She is connecting introspectively to the night wisdom — symbolized by the owl beside her — which penetrates both the unknown and the unknowable,” explained Jansen. “All my work has a humanitarian message,” said Jansen, “and [Pillars of Providence] is a message from the natural world meant to inspire a transformation of consciousness in humanity before we witness more grievous, destructive changes. It is a message about the higher order existing in nature and in the profound sentience of all living things. This sentience is asking humans to have equal honoring for all life and to understand the right of all species to their place on the earth.” After all, she added, “If we go down, we take them with us.” This is not a new story. Francis first amazed the Santa Barbara community in 1993 with her striking monument Transformation through Forgiveness placed just across the street from the Santa Barbara Mission. The towering 13-foot-tall sculpture featured the ennobled physique of a Native American man flanked overhead by the wings of a great bald eagle. It was a controversial placement of a controversial work and not least because it conveyed the message that healing was both possible and necessary between the descendants of the first people of this land and the rest of the non-native occupants. Francia Gaunt Closeup of Francis Jansen’sPillars of Providence sculpture Less than 70 yards from theTransformation through Forgivenessinstallation lay the mass grave of several hundred Chumash interned in the 1800s in the historic cemetery adjacent...

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Pillars of Providence Unveiling

Posted by on Sep 25, 2011

Pillars of Providence Unveiling

Renowned Stone Sculptor Francis Jansen to Unveil Latest Work, Pillars of Providence   Artist marks 65th birthday with presentation at La Casa de Maria Sculptor Francis Jansen’s latest creation are two eight-foot-tall limestone pillars, with elaborately detailed mythic figures embodying the divine aspects of the masculine and feminine and their interconnection with the natural world. By Mo McFadden for Francis Jansen | Published on 09.25.2011 10:54 p.m. Francis Jansen, sculptor of the Monument to Forgiveness, which garnered international acclaim and stood adjacent to the Santa Barbara Mission from 1993-1995, is nearing completion of her newest sculptural achievement, Pillars of Providence. Comprised of two eight-foot-tall limestone pillars, the elaborately detailed mythic figures embody the divine aspects of the masculine and feminine and their interconnection with the natural world, all sculpted between capstones imprinted with sacred geometry. The official unveiling will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 on the grounds of La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road in Montecito. Jansen will speak at the unveiling at 2:30 p.m., followed by special guest Barbara Marx Hubbard and other special guests. Jansen is the artist-in-residence at La Casa de Maria and has been working on the pillars for the past two years. She is thrilled their completion coincides with her 65th birthday, marking her transition into eldership. “My mission in life,” she said, “is to remember our sacredness and reflect it back to us in the sculptures I bring forth.” She attributes her creations to her deep, internal listening to what wants to be expressed in the stone. “Francis’ magnificent sculpture is a natural force for co-creation,” said Marx Hubbard, a longtime friend and founder of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. “It lifts us into the life force as an energetic trajectory to the next stage of our evolution.” In addition to Pillars of Providence, there are six other Jansen sculptures on the retreat property. Original Article:...

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