The Urn

The Urn at the Amphitheater was a central feature of Auroville’s inauguration ceremony. Into it was poured soil from most of the countries of the world, as well as each state of India. It still stands today at the center of the Amphitheater.

The Urn was designed by Charles Gianferrari, a designer who collaborated often with Roger Anger. It was made in Pondicherry in one of the Ashram workshops, by a team led by Vincenzo Maiolini. Here are a few photos of the Urn’s journey from manufacture to inauguration.

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