|An incredible solar flare arcs far from the surface of the Sun|
|The Sun flaring|
|All that remains of the Temples to Apollo on the Island of Delos, Greece|
|A stone wheel on the Temple of Konark, a monumental chariot guided by the Hindu God Surya|
|The forms set for making the center of the Labyrinth|
|Judy brought me a bag of beach glass. She came on her bicycle, bravo!|
|Looking for slender pebbles on Pleasant Beach|
Deborah Cheadle, who took me to visit the Country Club area on Easter Sunday came by and then went home and retrieved a stack of nursery pots that I can store unused rock in for future mosaics. Her father Andrew Price came by later in the evening and gave me a copy of his book about the history of the Port Blakely area where I am working. I look forward to reading about it. He told me the first tennis courts in Washington used to be near where the Labyrinth is now, built by the Halls brothers after which the hill and park are named.
I mixed a couple of bags of mortar and set the first third of the Sunburst and think it looks very pretty, like multi colored hot dogs mixed with other linear pieces in rich colors. So I'm roasting hot dogs on the Sun. I added a mixture of colored stones in with the twelve seasonal colors that expand out from it to depict the bursting force of the Sun.
|Beginning the circle of rays that emanate from the center of the Sun disk|
|The first section of the Sun|
Joe and his daughter Kailin (I'm hoping I'm remembering these names properly) came first with some pieces of beach glass for me to slip in to narrow gaps between the linear stones I am using. They loved the idea of having something in there that is personal to them.
|Joe and Kailin|
|Delicious things in a humble paper bag|
I had to finish the Labyrinth more than anything else in my life and had worried along the way that something could happen that might prevent me from completing it. I'm so glad I made it to the end, and I thank my body for tolerating the hard labor necessary to create a project of this scale and intensity of meaning. I found myself crying from time to time later that day, probably a combination of relief and exhaustion.
The next day I removed the forms and filled the gaps with gravel. The Eagle Feather has been at the center of the project almost the entire time. It survived the winter, and I think I will leave it in there. Please don't step on it.
|The Eagle Feather and a memorial stone left for someone named Monty|
|Blakely Harbor, once the site of the largest lumber mill in the world|
|The completed Labyrinth|
I'd like to thank the people who's vision made it possible for this project to happen, and all of the amazingly diverse people I have met during the process of its construction. Its been an incredible journey. We may publish a guide to understanding the meaning incorporated in to the circuits so that people can better understand what they are walking on, and work will be done to improve the entrances, so I will be back to this beautiful island in the not too distant future. When you come to the bend to the 3rd circuit in the pink stone area of the south, and you see the Red Tara, a Bodhisattva surrounded by radiating stones, try not to step on her. She connects Heaven and Earth and deserves great reverence. There will be a formal dedication at 4:00 on Sunday, June 29th.