This piece of artwork takes the viewer on a journey through the ideas of pilgrimage. Start from the outer layers and work into the middle.
It begins with fragmented shapes, symbolising the uncertainty that people from around the world have about pilgrimages from different beliefs. These people then begin to fit together in realisation that pilgrimage is universal. The compass indicates the start of the journey, and the footprints show this taking place. The particles behind the feet not only stand for the ground, but also the idea that each human is constantly on the move and experiencing development.
The next layer is of labyrinths, to demonstrate the path of pilgrimage – there is no dead end like a maze, and in the end, you will reach your destination. There is no wrong way.
It must be realised that pilgrimages do not end at the destination, that the pilgrims must also return, hence the arrows. The heartbeat shows that what the pilgrims have achieved will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
The inner circle is your own space, for the viewer to reflect on the idea of pilgrimage – it is a personal journey, and we all make them in one way or another at some point in our lives.
This piece has been acquired by HSBC for their private collection.