Selkie, a 5 foot copper, stone and water sculpture by Laura Reinhard, was commissioned by the Center at Westwoods in 2006.

5 feet, copper, stone, water, 2006




Commissioned by the Center at Westwoods, Selkie is the powerful spiritual partner and visual balance to Portrait of a Spirit in the Meditation Garden. 

Unlike the calm, concentrated flame of Portrait, Selkie is a wilder, passionate form tentatively holding onto the upright stone.  Inspired by the legend of the Selkie  as told by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.*, I tried to capture the essence of one’s “soul skin” left, billowing in the wind, while the waters of its creative-self flow out from under it.  

Selkie represents the times in our lives when we toss our soul-self asunder and, in doing so, unknowingly initiate the journey back to ourselves.  It is placed in the Meditation Garden as a reminder of the seasonal cycles of our spirit’s path, and the beauty that is inherent in all it’s phases. 

*Women Who Run With The Wolves, Ch9, “Sealskin, Soulskin,” Ballantine Books, New York

Created on site with my partner, Bob Benoit. 

The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay Street, Westwood, MA 02090 (781)-329-0711, or visit

Meditation Garden Composition by Gary Koller; Koller and Associates, 81 Montclair Avenue, Roslindale, MA 02131-1350

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