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This modern-day Mayan stela [an upright stone slab or column typically bearing a commemorative inscription or relief design, often serving as a gravestone] is a memorial piece commemorating the life and death of the artist’s sister, Roxana Luna. Born in Guatemala, Ms. Luna alludes to the symbolism of Maya philosophy dealing with rites of passage. It has been written that the Maya dreaded death. They performed rituals of supplication for the gods to give them health and life and sustenance. The death of family members and friends brought outpourings of grief.


8' tall x 3'-6" wide x 1.625" deep

Acrylic, vinyl, zinc, stainless steel,

stone, sound installation.

University of Miami Outdoor

Sculpture Exhibition

Sculpture in the Landscape 

Coral Gables, FL

July 1995

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