From 2015–2021, High Acres Farm was the site of 21 rituals performed by artist and technologist Jonathan Jennings Harris as a way of working with the energies of his ancestral family land — alchemizing old family patterns into fertile soil for positive futures.
The ritual work included a manual glassmaking process using locally gathered ingredients mixed with the cremated remains of his mother, fired together in a hillside furnace at the southern edge of the property. Other tangible outcomes included the 2017 gut renovation of the historic Main House, the 2020 completion of Notitia Sanctuary, and the 2021 installation of Electric Webb — a network of 27 “lightning transformers” creating a new “energy grid” for the land.
In Fragments offers an example of “Life Art” — art that works with an actual life situation, incorporating tools, materials, people, places, and dilemmas that exist in the chosen frame of experience — rewarding the practitioner with the chance to live inside the growing work.
The 21 rituals that make up In Fragments are:
The closing ritual of In Fragments was Electric Webb — which involved the design, fabrication, and installation of a network of 27 custom-made “Lightning Transformers,” planted at precise longitude and latitude coordinates across forty acres of land, encompassing much of High Acres Farm in a 27-pointed star-shaped geometry reminiscent of the early American quilts that Electra Havemeyer Webb (who established the estate in 1948) used to collect (shown above).
Each of the 27 Lightning Transformers contains a glass mirror, laser-engraved with a single word along with a map of the overall network with a single vertex circled — indicating that Transformer’s location relative to its neighbors. A bare copper wire encircles each mirror, connecting to a bare copper point facing skyward, then running down along a powder-coated steel post, traveling several feet into the ground, where various special objects are buried.
The Transformers can be used in a few different ways:
We invite our guests to explore and interact with the network of 27 Lightning Transformers as a way of adding their own personal energy to High Acres Farm — now a fertile farm for dreams.
You can learn more at infragments.us/electric-webb.
Linestone is an evolving experiment in connection, creativity, and learning. We seek to bring new forms of beauty into existence by finding the natural alignments between people, places, projects, and dreams. We host invitation-only gatherings of leading practitioners across a wide range of disciplines, creating the conditions for radical collaboration towards positive futures — much in the way that investing in healthy soil is a prerequisite for growing healthier plants.
The ancient gray and white stones from which we take our name were formed by geologic forces over millions of years. Their iconic white veins are the remnants of the bodies of sea creatures who used to live in the shallow tropical waters that once covered the land that we now call Vermont. The calcium bodies (shells, corals, etc.) of those ancient beings reach us today as reminders of a time when the lines of each stone used to connect — pointing to a long-forgotten wholeness that‘s still within reach, awaiting a process of realization.
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