History of Wholeo, the Stained Glass Dome, Hi-Res Graphics Path
What is it? How did it come to be?
Where is it going?
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Wholeo, the name of the dome, and all images are Copyright Caroling 1974 All rights reserved
San Francisco, 1967
Wholeo Dome started with a vision quest for the whole self and the desire to be
completely immersed in colored light. In San Francisco, I made a scale model design for a colored dome. Eventually, the actual dome turned out quite differently. It could not be confined to the preliminary vision.
1"=1' model for a 12'-diameter dome.
To prove the concept, I built a test panel on two foam shells, to the curvature
of the hemisphere. These pictures show the panel and the colored light from the panel projected
onto a foam shell. Eventually, the panel became part of Wholeo Dome.
New York, 1968
After moving to Staten Island, N.Y., I talked to architects, experimented with
plastic frameworks, and read the Whole
Earth Catalog and the Domebook
2. I created and built some panels on a light table.
Berkeley and Forestville, California, 1972
Four years and many paintings, drawings, and 20 glass panels later, I was ready to put up the dome frame. I needed to see the glass in position in natural light. So I headed for California.
In Berkeley, I made the aluminum tube frame and put up the NY panels for the
first time. At last I was quite sure it could work and it was a wonderful idea.
To make the dream come true, I found a site on the sunny side of a canyon near
the Russian River in Forestville, Sonoma County on a ranch named "Harmony."
There I built a dome ("Bump") to live in while finishing Wholeo Dome. My
only utility was cold water with a spigot. The setting fostered the solitude
and serenity needed to realize the visions of the search for the whole self.
I tuned into the cosmos and channeled that into the stained glass dome.
Monte Rio, California, 1975
Take a look at the geodesic aluminum tube frame skeleton that holds up the skin
of leaded glass panels. The next picture shows a single panel perched high against
the sky. It is the first one on the dome. Here Wholeo Dome is up on posts away from
the mud. Panels are wrapped in one-inch wide lead, put together like a giant lampshade.
Wholeo Dome remained open to the public in Monte Rio
for six years. Now it is in the Hippie Museum virtual
collection and is installed at The Farm School in Tennessee.
See also Ideas,
environment, roots, and surround.
Installing Wholeo Dome in Monte Rio.
In Monte Rio, a blessing for Wholeo Dome, 1976. When the leader, Dionysus, said
he wanted to reach out and touch the colors, I gave him a lift. He still couldn't
touch the top of the dome, which was up nine feet from the ground.
of water stood in the light of Wholeo Dome during the week before the blessing.
The day before, the caps came off, bottles moved from reflective foil to earth,
light intermixed with the water to be served at the blessing.
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