Trinity United Methodist Church, 9848 S. Winchester Ave., is located in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. Last weekend I was invited to display Columns of Dreams. The pieces were placed around the altar, and near several of the stained glass windows.
We could not be human without our aspirations, hopes, and dreams. It is only through dreams that our imaginations take hold, and progress takes place.
The columns included one dedicated to Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams. This included a hand-written passage which explained the fear of falling. This section is possibly the only commonsense, non-psychoanalytic part of his book.
Another one included my own dream of a horrific event. At exactly the same time, an identical event took place to my daughter, who was visiting Milan, Italy, but her event was real, not imaginary. Coincidences do not happen. For that time period, my daughter, who was on the other side of the world, and I, were united.
Two other columns dealt with the creative application of dreams—images and passages from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and images from the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. Since all of Bosch’s art was created for church settings, it was very appropriate to incorporate his dreams into this installation.
A total of eight different Columns of Dreams will be displayed at TUMC during Beverly’s Art Walk on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from noon to 7 PM.