A few days ago, we went up Tramway in Albuquerque in search of some public art.
Walters, Billie, 1927- , sculptor.
Vonne, Peter, assistant.
The Five Stones of Elena Gallegos, (sculpture).
1982-1983. Dedicated Aug. 6, 1983.
Granite stones, copper and brass.
5 stones. Overall: approx. 89 in. x 23 ft. 4 in. x 85 ft. 3 in.
Five large native stones set roughly in line on a desert floor at the foot of the Sandia Mountains, with a dirt path connecting them. Each stone has an abstract design on its face, with metal shapes incorporated into the designs on the two opposite stones in the sculpture. The first stone has cut into its face a smooth circle containing a geometric design composed of 38 copper pins, representing the 38 years of Phillip B. Tollefsrud’s life.
I liked the memorial aspect of it. How often I come upon monuments–from those to the Civil War dead to crypts in a New Orleans graveyard–and don’t know anything about the person yet still get a feeling. Interesting look, but the best part was how green the jagged Sandias were behind us–and a very long view of the city below.
This spring, Miriam’s Well is very pleased to announce the publication of its first print book! We hope to do more such projects in the future.
And here is some selected text–haiku and haibun:
a dry river bed
Three bottle nose dolphins circle the harbor off Nantucket Island. It is a cold December day and they should be out to sea on winter migration south. No one knows why they have come into the harbor. An old woman stands alone on the shore. she watches and listens.
“they have come for me”
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Photographs are courtesy of Christy Hengst.
Curator Suzanne Sbarge–without whom none of this would have been possible.
Christy’s birds on rust.
The birds on salt–some of this salt was actually brought back from Wendover, Utah by the artist. The rest is Morton Salt, which has a plant outside Wendover, so it comes from there as well.
By the way–the birds are for sale–just ask me for details.
Last Saturday night we had a tremendous event at 516. Here are some photos of Alisa Dworsky installing her piece and of the complete sculpture with poem.
This photography, by Christy Hengst (artist who created the birds–see next blog post!) shows me and Alisa very happy at the opening.
Debbi Brody’s poem “Get Stirred” with art by Bunny Tobias
All photographs of Odes and Offerings by Matt Morrow.
A still of Edie Tsong’s video response to my poem.