The rest of the show extended these meditations on labor, life, and death with similarly verdant works: Water lilies grew in Tropico Nomad, 2018, and a baby ceiba tree
was planted in Portal, 2018.
Right in front of her verandah on the street side in the one-room storefront boutik she had built facing the State Psychiatric Hospital, and more importantly, a majestic ceiba tree
. I saw her sitting on her traditional high-chair, hidden behind the huge glass jars that contained different varieties of multi-colored candy, her back framed by the grapevine verandah.
Inside is the ant's eye view from the grassroots, at the base of the iconic Ceiba tree
. It's bursting with "stories of resistance and people building alternatives--building local and regional economies and defending their land," explains Mandy Skinner, an on-and-off Bee since 2004.
"Anywhere you see a design on the ceiling it means there was a beam or pipe we had to hide." Now the ceiling is covered in silver-leaf blocks and wooden pyramids, meant to evoke the spiky Ceiba tree
that in Mayan cosmology unites the heavens, earth, and underworld.
IN MAYAN COSMOLOGY, the ceiba tree
, with its elephantine, silver-grey trunk that towers above the jungle, is the tree of life, shoring up the corners of the sky and sending its roots deep into the underworld.
Soon we left the coastal breezes behind and entered a flat, unforgiving- looking landscape covered in scrubby vegetation punctuated by the occasional towering ceiba tree
. For the Maya, the ceiba, or "world tree," is a sacred tree that connects the terrestrial and heavenly realms.
A 135-year-old ceiba tree
, planted in January 1865, stands sentinel and shades the plaza.
His only guide to the location was a ceiba tree
that grew 25 meters from his door.
The action really begins when First Father, the divine ancestor who first lifted the sky like a roof over Earth and propped it up with a world-axis ceiba tree
, is killed in Xibalba, the Maya underworld, by the Lords of the Night.