Temple of Sibyl

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1999

Materials: wooden base, steel corn crib with corn, deer skeleton with phosphorescent paint

Temple of Sibyl, was the winner of Miami University's Outdoor Sculpture Competition.  Its design was inspired by the Roman Pantheon and uses an agrarian architectural form. It was also designed to honor that which has been lost due to industrial agricultural practices—namely the annihilation of agrarian communities, and the marginalization of native ecosystems—as symbolized by the Sibyl or deer skeleton.

A 13' diameter corncrib was placed inside a 14' diameter corn crib. The space between the two cribs was filled with ears of corn—to form a circular 10' tall wall of corn. A vertical one-foot wide entryway allowed viewers to enter the interior circular space and contemplate the deer skeleton that lay in a circular alcove in the floor. An oculus in the apex of the roof allowed light to flow into the space. The deer skeleton was painted with a phosphorescent paint, allowing a luminescence to occur for a short time when viewed at night with a flashlight.