Art and Creativity

At Damanhur everyone discovers being an artist

Philosophy

An important artistic and spiritual experience

Since its beginning years, the values and meanings that characterize Damanhurian life and its philosophy have taken on a voice and form through a privileged channel of art, called Art of the People.
Through art, Damahurian citizens explore their creative potential-even those who have no prior art experience. Everyone started as a self-taught artist, experimenting with even the more refined forms of art, such as marble inlay work and Tiffany stained glass. Over the years, the results that these artists achieved have rewarded the initiative with which they collectively created works that are unique in their scale and originality.
The most significant testimony to what has been achieved in this pathway of communal artistic research is the Temples of Humankind, a complex network of underground halls and corridors, dug out by hand with devotion and transformed into a treasure trove of art and meanings. It has been called the "Eighth Wonder the World."
However, Damanhurian philosophy states that the most valuable works of art are the ones we create within ourselves through experiences that help us to become more mature, aware and creative. "Making art" is a concept that permeates every aspect of life.
Artistic experience at Damanhur is always open to friends and visitors, and many of the art installations on Damanhur's territories come from their contributions made during courses and seminars.
There is also a study of Sacred Art, which carries the meanings of the artworks present in the Temples and is also expressed in the form of music and dance during rituals and celebrations. Sacred Art leads to contact with the divine that is within the self and beyond, according to the canons of Damanhurian art.