a manifestation of serene harmony
The Living Chapel is a manifestation of serene harmony through the medium of music.
Many of the oil drums used in the chapel’s framework will be specially crafted by artisans in Haiti so they function as musical steel pan drums – traditional instruments from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. As the solar-powered irrigation system circulates water through the walls of the chapel, a continuous flow of waterdrops will fall on these steel pan drums, resulting in a gentle music of serene harmony.
In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls all humanity to “recover a serene harmony with creation,” adding: “Let us sing as we go.” Inspired by the Holy Father’s words, composer Julian Darius Revie seeks to express the call of Laudato Si’ by creating a sonic tapestry that unites the following elements in an intentional act of communion:
- The beautiful songs of birds, recorded from several of the world’s most tragic sites of environmental devastation (toxic dumps and waterways, Amazon deforestation, etc.);
- A children’s chorus composed of children from different countries, including choirs of refugee children, singing a multi-lingual text drawn from Laudato Si’ and Saint Francis’ Cantico delle Creature;
- Instruments made from recycled materials, in particular, steel pan drums –discarded oil drums, repurposed for the creation of beauty;
- Excerpts from Laudato Si’, spoken by several children.
Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.