The Story of Floating Buddha
The term „floating“ means „being in movement”. The „Buddha“ represents an inner „ state of presence“, an inner balance during which one is still paying attention to others. One is not solely focusing on oneself. The original idea of Floating Buddha was to make use of the arbitrariness of the water. Once a Buddha is placed on the water, he is stable and outer elements such as the stream and wind make Buddhas cross each other’s paths in an unexpected, unforeseeable way.
The public Floating Buddha installations bring people together and give them space to interact with each other, cross each others path, just like the Buddhas on the water.
The artist’s objective is that „Floating Buddha“ will bring people out of the anonymity and hectic of their every day life. That the installations allow people to be „flaoting“ while still being open towards and aware of other people around them.
The Role of Buddhism
For over 20 years the artist engages herself with the teachings of Buddha. She was missing a Buddha statue that would mirror the lightness of Buddhism and decided to create one. This was the start of Floating Buddha.
The teachings of Buddha, Buddhism and meditation are an essential part of the artist’s live and present in her art. For her own spiritual journey she travels to India and Buddhist monasteries in Europe.
The Floating Buddha sculptures are an innovation created by Eneida Pérez. Different to the common Buddha objects, the artist wanted to create something light, something that would represent the way she sees Buddhism.
The Buddha statues are made out of handmade French silk paper. The paper is processed to ensure stability and long liveness of the statue. Every Floating Buddha sculpture is handmade and a unique creation.