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197 After our buoyant Houston conversation in April 1961, when I told Tillich of my wish to create a park honoring him in my beloved New Harmony, further plans remained dormant until after the May Day 1962 dedication of the Lipchitz gate for the Roofless Church. I was then free to unite inspiration with resolution. Paul Tillich came closer to New Harmony in 1962, his last year at Harvard and his first year at the University of Chicago, where his former student Jerald C. Brauer was dean of the Divinity School. It had been Dean Brauer’s great plea­ sure to offer his beloved former professor the John Nuveen Chair of Theology and Tillich’s great plea­ sure to accept. The Tillichs moved to Chicago in October 1962. Despite the unavoidable incon­ ve­ niences that go with the relocation of persons and baggage, Tillich was at the peak of his creative powers and influence. During his lecture tour of Japan, from May through ­ mid-July 1960, he visited the renowned Buddhist scholars Daisetz T. Suzuki and Hoseki Shinichi Hisamatsu, whom he had known at Columbia and ChaptER 22 Estranged and Re­united the new being 198 New Harmony, indiana Harvard, respectively. Tillich had been invited to Japan by the Committee for Intellectual Interchange.1 Tillich’s trip inspired the Bampton lecture series at Columbia in 1961, which ­ were published in 1963 as Christianity and the Encounter of the World Religions. Tillich was completing the third and last volume of his Systematic Theology. Henry Luce, the undisputed czar of midcentury American publications , wanted to mark the fortieth anniversary of the founding of Time magazine. In celebration of the occasion, Luce chose Tillich to be the principal speaker at a dinner on May 6, 1963, honoring the 284 persons whose faces had graced the covers of the magazine since its founding in 1923. (Tillich had been featured on the cover of its March 16, 1959, issue.) The title of the address Tillich gave in the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom that eve­ning was “The Ambiguity of Perfection.” During or shortly after this ­ star-­ studded event, Luce asked Tillich on what basis he would choose someone for a cover story. The latter suggested that the editorial board of Time should give more weight to­ wholeness and to character in choosing a candidate than to preeminence in a single area of competence. While I doubt that the editors of Time or Life took this advice seriously and began a search with a large magnifying glass for ­ well-­ rounded individuals, I heard their editor in chief publicly acknowledge his great debt to the ­ philosopher-­ king Tillich in the Roofless Church three years later. My plans for a park to honor Paul Tillich in New Harmony began in earnest when Philip Johnson took me to Frederick Kiesler’s New York studio in the summer of 1962 about the project. An early idea for a cave, which Philip and I considered but abandoned under the weight of other priorities, resurfaced as I began to envision Tillich Park (39 on town map). I sought a dwelling for the ­full-­size figures of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph created by Frank and Elizabeth Haines. On behalf of the Robert Lee Blaffer Trust, my commission for the Cave of the New Being to ­ house the Holy Family would emphasize the humble and modest origins of Our Lord and contrastwith theroyal grandeur directlyacrossthestreet,asseenthrough Lipchitz’s golden gate and into the Roofless Church from the vantage point of Tillich Park. I was intrigued when I met the visionary Austrian American sculptor and architect Frederick Kiesler. His seamless approach to building seemed to be an architectural reflection of Tillich’s approach to education, namely, the interdependence of philosophy, theology , psychology, art, architecture, and religion. Estranged and Re­united 199 Kiesler came to New Harmony on October 18, 1962, and I encouraged him to explore not only the historic and modern settings with which the cave would contrast but also the natural setting of Tillich Park and the surrounding countryside, which would complement it. Kiesler delighted in every aspect of New Harmony as if an uninhibited, expressive, and energetic child. His joie de vivre was contagious as he leapt into a ­ leaf-­ filled truck with six women, nearly burying himself along with all of us and provoking squeals and giggles as we ascended Indian Mound before sunset for a view of the Wabash below. Frederick Kiesler (  far left) in the truck with leaves and six...

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ISBN
9780253016638
Related ISBN
9780253016249
MARC Record
OCLC
903357020
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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