"When the Roman Empire collapsed, culture and learning were kept alive by small, scattered communities of monks who lived in stone cells; hermitages for seclusion and prayer. Remains of these structures are still to be seen on the West Coast of Ireland. Now, a thousand years later, I have tried to recreate this place of refuge. In a chaotic world, the Beehive Cell offers a peaceful place for spiritual reflection and renewal."
"The cell was built out of cedarwood, a durable timber which was used in biblical times. Hand finished, the door handle is a sculptural piece depicting St. Brendan’s Voyage. The window and skylight are made of hand-cast glass, in the shape of St. Brigid’s Cross."
"I first thought of making this in the 1960s. My first idea was to make a beehive cell which was such a wonderful shape, so unique. It was finally made with me by students and hand-finished - scalloped inside and out. We didn’t use any nails or screws. There is a little bench pegged through the wall and a table - and a fish on which to hang a coat."
"My heartfelt wish is that this Beehive Cell is widely reproduced to offer multi-generations a safe haven. Ideally it would sit in airports and public places for wearied travellers - for people to find some peace and a sanctuary for contemplation. I highly recommend sitting inside the Meditation Beehive, it has an amazing sound - like sitting inside a cello."
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