If I were ever invited to design a cathedral for the natural world, I would install Susan Derges’ ‘Seed Constellation’ as the rose window of its south transept. The seeds in the image are like organic angels held in a pocket of gravity, or astronauts untethered from their mother ship. The lightless, absolute zero of deep space seems to radiate around them, intensifying the energy of the light that animates their forms with a spectral, ghostly quality. This unlikely secular rose window dedicated to new beginnings would, with its multiple resonances, shine down an image of the afterlife of life, ...


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