Building the Eqlmundi Kirwela of Culev Larsze was one of the first installations to deal in depth with the story of Culev Larsze, one of the major threads of the Kcymaerxthaere stories. It was also one of our first sites where the site itself included disputed likenesses. The parents in the community were a great help–especially when making the five corner stones.
This is the 44th installation overall and the first in linear India.
Please make an appointment before your visit so you don’t disrupt the school. You can find them at Adharshilla Learning Centre.
Monday, November 17th, 2008.
Text of the Site
The Story of Culev Larsze
As told by Geographer-at-Large, Eames Demetrios, to the children of Adharshilla Learning Centre in order to guide their creation of the concrete forms and the mural.
A woman came into a small town in what we call India, in fact, it was this very village. The name of the woman was Culev Larsze.
She was a striking woman with a kind face and she was riding on the back of a Sabertooth Tiger. She nodded to the community, but she did not say a word.
The people of the village gathered around her, the kids especially. But they kept a little distance, of course.
One of the kids was a girl named pSegolene and she had a pet lizard—a kind called a Rockmary Lizard. Now Rockmary lizards make wonderful pets because they are one of the only lizards that can read your mind. Very special. Everyone loved pSegolene’s lizard.
By now, Culev Larsze had still not spoken. And she came down from her Sabertooth Tiger and began to stare into space, she was having a vision. After a while her vision was so real everyone else started to see it too. It was a vision of a tower of wisdom (called an Eqlmundi Kirwela) that was so tall it went up into the sky, through the bottom of the ocean, and into the clouds again. It was a kind of monastery with an incredible library and hanging gardens and villages along it.
In fact, this vision was so real that the Rockmary lizard jumped off pSegolene’s shoulder, ran across the ground and climbed up the tower—even though it was only a vision!
Everyone laughed. This broke the spell. The vision disappeared and the lizard fell to the ground.
The lizard was stunned and a huge bird swooped down to eat it, but the Sabertooth Tiger jumped on the bird and ate the bird, saving the lizard.
Everyone was happy with the Sabertooth Tiger.
Then suddenly, Culev Larsze could speak, and–after introducing Jlotkammen (for that was the name of the SabertoothTiger, who was no ordinary SaberTooth Tiger, but a Nayn Jingkat) Culev told her story:
There were terrible wars in Kymaerica (a part of Kcymaerxthaere) between those who believed in Gods and those who believed in the Worlds (these wars were called the rëis p virelsj or–The Madness). And the gods were always using superpowers to help their followers. She thought that was very unfair. So she decided to trick the gods into staying out of the fighting.
She tricked them into putting the Armies of those who believed in the Worlds onto an island where they would be safe.
She only made one mistake—she smirked after she got her way and the gods were angry (especially Kmpass, the Urgend God of Directionality).
They punished her by taking away her gift of language. She did not even have a voice in her head. She could not even talk to herself. They said her curse would be over only when she spoke without words, to one without words.
She wandered for years, but when the Rockmary lizard climbed her vision of a tower, she had spoken without words, to one without words—and the spell was broken.
Culev Larsze had been speaking for a long time. In fact, it was now sunrise. And as the sun came up, people could see that the tower was there—for real. It had been built by her telling of the story to the village.
If you visit this village today, you can see a mural done by the children after hearing this story and five slabs of concrete, each with a portion of the story, marking the corners of the Eqlmundi Kirwela.
Images of Install
The Five Corners of The Eqlmundi Kirwela
Images of the Workshop
Scenes From Adharshila
WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS