Saturday, October 16, 2010

Justin Bates Memorial

Danielle, Alex, Melody, and Caiti
Our place was the Justin Bates memorial. For our site specific artwork, we chose to write the words of the poem on the memorial with materials we found on-site. The materials especially lent meaning to the words "He has become one with nature," since even our representation of him was tied to nature. We decided to place all of the five lines in separate places, starting with the water next to the cross on the Point and ending at the entrance of the graveyard. The first line was in the water, and we moved across the beach, up the hill, and through the graveyard. Part of our intention was to mark the path that Justin would have walked down to the water, but in reverse. So much life passes through the graveyard, and by his memorial, that it felt appropriate to bring his words back up the path towards all of the life at St. Mary's. The full poem:
He is made one with nature: there is heard
His voice in all her music, from the moan
Of thunder to the song of night's sweet bird;
He is a presence to be felt and known
In darkness and in light, from herb and stone

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