We immediately set out to help turn his shower-inspired dream into a reality. In addition to housing the complicated ecosystem that was required to house delicate butterflies, my main goal was to take the visitor on an emotional journey. This would be an architectural experience that could parallel the feelings one must go through after a diagnosis with cancer, but one that could also offer bright hope and flight out of that darkness.
In the resulting design, the journey into the building requires a subtle sloped descent into a partially submerged underground section. This subterranean area serves, not only as a foyer to the pavilion, but also as an educational area and theater. After leaving this area, one enters into the glassy pavilion, spiraling on an upwardly ramped path that eventually culminates in a cupolaed sacred structure in the epicenter. This continuous walk from darkness into light was crucial in the message of the building; a veritable built pilgrimage from despair to hope.
The Genesis Pavilion (as it was aptly named) is currently in the process of seeking funds. You can learn more about their noble aspiration here. Dickie and Joy, no small visionaries themselves, are already seeing this initial pavilion as the first of many. They see these glowing beacons, filled with fluttering, delicate lives scattered across the country, offering much needed optimism and grace to all those touched by breast cancer.
I sincerely hope their bighearted dream takes flight.
Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley
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What a lovely idea! Uplifting to all who enter.
But why just breast cancer? My brother is a six year survivor of pancreatic cancer!
Thank you for telling us about this important project, Greg. I challenge every reader of this blog to donate $25. now. It’ll take two minutes and you’ll never miss it. Lovely endeavor……
Beautiful,beautiful idea and I can see it in my mind already and look forward to walking through the actual building. I will gladly donate to see this happen!
Thanks. We’ve been blessed to be involved with such a wonderful project.
What a lovely building and a fabulous tribute.
Can’t wait to see this.
Thank you. We’re honored to be included in such a noble endeavor.
Greg, I can’t wait to see this amazing project come to fruition! With you, Joy and Dickie in charge, it will for sure be a success.
We are indeed in wonderful company.
I’m a 11 yr cancer survivor with a recent reoccurance. Butterflies have always been my message from God that he is in control and has a plan!Thank you for this…I would love to be involved!
Wishing you much hope!