Spring 2010 Issue

Finding the sacred in South Florida

Thomas Burnikel, a graduate student of Barry University’s MFA in photography program, has always been fascinated by Indian Mound Park, the historic site of the Calusa Indians that is said to contain artifacts dating back to 400 B.C.

That fascination led the Pompano Beach native “on a quest to research, photograph and seek out more of these typically overlooked and truly magnificent places of beauty and forgotten powers.”

The product of his quest was “Ancient and Sacred Sites in South Florida,” a photographic documentation and personal investigation into some of South Florida’s earliest and often little known places of habitation and ritual.

“As an artist it is my desire to share my visions of these special places that might not ever be seen or known of, so that we as a species continue to seek answers to questions of past, present and future,” Burnikel said. “There is much to be learned from these sites, not only historically and archeologically. These locations are places of great significance that should be known to all and treated with great respect, reverence and used as learning tools. They should also be known and appreciated for their sheer beauty.”

The show was on display at the Andy Gato Gallery from February 19 through April 23.