High-tech composites are used for the fixed ellipsoidal shell and the (possibly dynamic) structural skeleton. The resulting vertebrate resembles a 4-headed serpent dwelling in its lair, a tetramorphic organism in the cavity of its shell.
This Lord of Life is enthroned on a raised square platform. As the embodiment of perennial knowledge, as the distillation of sacred form, it exudes raw power, radiates raw truth.
Raised at the heart center, the Serpent Pillar spirals downward in PHI-based golden progression — 4 edges smoothly unwinding into the mighty dorsals of the dragon kings. These taller-than-man Living Images of raised dragons face out to the cardinal directions — not only acting as their temporal and spatial guardians but indeed creating Space and Time. They stand guard to the Grail, that sacred center from which they stem, the awe-filled secret that unites them. They stand guard to the Grail, that center mysterious at the end of their tail, the secret forbidden at the beginning of our tale.
Made of anodized titanium, the skin shimmers softly in the dark of the cave-chamber — waves after waves, in endless variations of light reflected from the dome’s FIRE Element.
Half-buried on the desert floor, the dome-shell is patched with raw earth like the weathered back of a great turtle. Its oblate spheroidal shape (a rotationally symmetric ellipsoid) a direct echo of the shape of the Earth.
The connecting appendage is dug in native sandstone.