Monday, June 29, 2009

Rock Temple Beach

There is a rocky beach on the eastern shore of Mackinac Island facing Lake Huron where there are erected thousands of sculptures made of stacked rocks. Someone started this trend a decade ago and it has attracted visitors to stop and construct their own. This is temporary art that is natural and geographically specific. Each piece acts as a unique installation that is part of a greater whole. The beach is organic and alive and is meant to elicit a response from the viewer who also acts as the participant in its creation, upkeep and evolution. There is a spiritual element in building a sculpture from found objects that creates a dialogue between the man made and the natural. This is my sculpture, I do not expect it to remain there long, for the elements will undoubtedly knock it down, but on my return trip, I shall build another.