The next morning, I changed my mind, and I was really glad I did! Michael’s home was amazing, and I cannot do it justice. For the winter, he built himself (in a week) a mostly stone structure, supplemented with wood and a tarp and including a chimney. He said it was plenty warm all winter, indeed often too warm. A small fire would heat the stones, which kept the whole space heated. He sometimes had to open the flaps to let in the winter air! Come summer, he built a separate platform next door, where he pitched a good-sized tent, which was cooler.
But the really amazing thing was his complex of rock structures. The first was basically square—maybe four feet to a side and about 10 feet tall. In the center, he told me, was a heart stone. This structure represented human pain and the human shadow. He built it strong because that is how the shadow is. His hope is that by externalizing it and localizing it, he would ease people’s pain.
The next structure was the human intellect. It was square and a good bit smaller, with a visible heart stone and also a head stone. Opposite the intellect was another structure, not entirely complete, representing human emotions. It will be a pair of parallel arches on top of stacked stones. He showed me the heart and head stones, but they are not installed yet. Connecting all three was a circular enclosure maybe six feet in diameter and 2 feet tall. Inside were crushed rocks (which he had crushed from granite) and larger stones you could stand on. It represented the unity of the human person. Directly in front was a kind of altar. He mentioned, but we didn’t go into details, that you could use it to travel in time and dimensions.
Each structure faced east to greet the rising sun, the source of power. He began construction on a blood moon. The side structures (intellect and emotion) were located beneath separate stars. The back of the circle drew up earth power, and the front of the altar drew down star power.
He told me this was his sixth installation on public land, and his biggest to date. The whole thing was incredibly impressive, and I don’t really know what to think about it. On the one hand, his stone constructions are built to last. The complex may be standing in centuries. On the other hand, he leaves, and who knows what fate awaits it? His stones may be removed in a week. Michael seemed OK with that.
Michael clearly does his own thing. He strikes me as content and well-integrated, and as a visionary, and also as a crazy homeless person. Was this how Jesus struck his contemporaries?