Art Hike Part 1: Lower Meadow

With visits out to Carkeek Park to check on my own piece, I’ve also had time for a quick tour of all the other installations. I had a longer tour of the Lower Meadow works this past Tuesday. It was nice to have more time to peer into, walk around, or linger and listen to other viewers comments. I decided to include a couple favorite, teaser photos, but will leave the rest for your visit…

“Sanctuary”, by Seattle artist Michael Harrison, is made from all sorts of building scraps, glass plates, bottle caps and other salvaged items. Peering in through holes and small windows reveals a montage of nature: branch, moss, horns. I really enjoyed that surprise, does nature need a respite? It certainly needs protection these days. The artist calls us to experience vs tweet. Hopefully experiencing, then blogging counts.

Detail of Sanc-tu-ar-y by Michael Harrison. Photo: Teresa Stern

Detail of Sanc-tu-ar-y by Michael Harrison. Photo: Teresa Stern

I also spent some time marveling at the strange orange cone, which called to mind something out of the 80’s show The Land of the Lost. Turns out, it’s a camera obscura! “Nature Obscura”, by another local artist, Megan Treasure, offers one more twist on reflecting sky and nature. Staring at things upside down or backwards is a way to trick ones brain into seeing things anew, catching something you might have missed otherwise, and was an inspiration for the mirrors on Sky Feeder. I really enjoyed seeing a totally different interpretation.

Detail of Earthly Obscura by Megan Treasure. Photo: Teresa Stern

Detail of Earthly Obscura by Megan Treasure. Photo: Teresa Stern

Chicago 3-D printing artist Joshua Harker created the 8 foot Crania Geodesica from branches found on site. I listened to a pre-teen boy pointing it out to a friend. Art really is for all ages! Tom Hughes’ poetic “Glider” installation was down, maybe a strong wind, or a push; hopefully it will rise again soon.

Other Lower Meadow installations include the winding “Willow Water” piece, which celebrates the drip line of the draping tree above, Allyce Wood’s lacey orange “Periapt” tree amulet, and ghostly “Stalagmites” hailing all the way from Minnesota by artist Elisa Berry Fonseca.

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