A Sacred Land
Location: Graham Center at Pugh Hall
Through research of Florida's earliest people, their sacred process of clearing land is evident. These indigenous people created habitats in areas rich with vegetation and water sources to provide food, clothing, tools and shelter. They embraced the attitude that land was sacred; therefore anything that was harvested or cleared was necessary for secure space and survival. The east Ocora wall highlights the tops of Florida's great native trees to suggest wild lands without boundaries, without clear paths, land in its most indigenous state. In its entirety, the art provides a safe haven for thought, in a building designed with the purpose of assembly and congregation, where its occupants are encouraged to create their own sacred space on their field of study. The Ocora offers a visual environment of natural Florida land to be a place of thought and transition. It is a sacred place for the students who come here to learn and develop their own way of thinking and speaking about the issues facing Florida through time.