Happy Beltane! Today, the first of May, sees the midpoint in the sun's progress between the Spring equinox and the Summer solstice. Except not really. The midpoint is actually in a few days from today but pagans celebrate Beltane on the first of the month. It's also the day of maypoles and lily of the valley.
I imagine there were swarms of people at Stonehenge this morning waiting to greet the rising sun. They probably celebrated the first glimmers of sun by drumming. If I still lived in England I would be joining them, wrapped up in blankets to keep warm.
Two years ago I made several sculptures titled Beltane Sun Objects. I liked the idea of the sun crossing past the swarms of people at Stonehenge. I imagined the shapes of light emerging between the prehistoric sarsen stones. I exhibited these sculptures in an exhibition called I woke up to the sound of a drum. At the time of making this work I would celebrate the new moon and full moon by drumming while meditating.
One evening I drummed for a long while to celebrate the moon. The next morning I woke up because I heard the sound of the drum coming from the same room where I had been drumming the night before. I didn't know whether I was awake or dreaming.