Arbol de Cuarzos

Relationship: Im/migrant
A Peruvian crystal quartz tree.
A Peruvian crystal quartz tree.

     For centuries through the ancient Incan civilization, this colorful sculpture is believed to harness enough energy to change a person’s life. The Tree of Life is a spiritual charm made out of crystals and quartz, a moonstone foundation, pyrite stone for soil, and copper for its branches and trunk. Furthermore, the foundation signifies the moon, the branches embody the sun, the leaves carry out a different function depending on what quartz it is, the soil brings prosperity, and the trunk is symbolic of the individual's strength. Overall, the sculpture's purpose is to expel negative energy and bring in positive ones that will improve various aspects of someone's life. From beyond what the Incas intended the charm to have on a person's life, it personally impacts me by reminding me of the love I have from Peru. I got the gift from my grandma because she wanted to ensure that I was protected while I was away from her. However, presently my mom is the only person I have in this country who brings me closer to my roots, which further strengthens the bond we have with each other. Additionally, the sculpture helps me understand a vital Peruvian ideal, which is that there is a reason for everything that happens in life and energy is one of its greatest influencers. In conclusion, along with the esoteric and metaphysical intricacies of the Tree of Life, I have gained a profound relationship with my culture and Hispanic family through this charm.

Place(s): Peru
Year: 2000

– Angelina Savoia

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant