February 17: The confluence project

February 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Our second day in Long Beach was spent on  Cape Disappointment, where Lewis & Clark ended their expedition. While this is a great place to visit for a number of reasons, I was on a sort of pilgrimage, with the intent to visit again the art created by Maya Lin for the Confluence Project. “Confluence Project is a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest tribes, renowned artist Maya Lin, civic groups from Washington and Oregon and other artists, architects and landscape designers.”(http://www.confluenceproject.org/) There is one piece in particular that speaks to me, the Chinook praise song whose words are written in concrete on a path that leads to a old cedar table that was made before  Lewis & Clark ever came along.  The song praises the visible and invisible world or nature, spirit, and ancestors, and honors all life.

So my creativity for today was documenting Maya Lin’s powerful work. I love how it is being worn away by the elements, and how some of it is hard to read from the rain that’s been falling.

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Each of the praises above is followed by the following:

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