This project was 20 foot diameter ripple created of concentric rings constructed of fallen logs found on the Farley Center property and surrounding areas lashed together with sisal rope, and anchored with bricks. The location is a hidden farm pond on the Farley Center property.
The project is part of Earth Sculpture 2015 which offered artists the opportunity to create a sculpture on the land at the Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability.
Once my proposal was approved by the curator and Shedd Farley, the director of the Farley Center, I had help from Ken Adams, of Adams Construction, also an avid sailor and knot expert to learn special knots to lash the logs securely together. While I cut some logs by hand myself, Shedd Farley cut some logs from the "chipping pile" to my specifications.
The quiet farm pond encircled in wild plants and trees appealed to me immediately and inspired the creation of an ephemeral ripple constructed of floating logs lashed with sisal. The process was meditative, tying timber hitches, half hitches, and square knots, to join logs and attach anchors between the joints, employing a canoe in a solitary journey towing chains of logs to create concentric rings, around a central “splash.” Over time, logs submerged, the ripple dissipated – as ripples tend to do.
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