Last weekend the Lower Arroyo hosted an art installation from Newtown called "Re-Imagining the Arroyo."
No description in the program matches our bird friend. I don't know who made it or what it's called. Please let me know if you have information. It's a wonderful piece. (see the comments)
Elizabeth Garrison deconstructs the California state flag. The bear is fuzzy. You can pet him. Did you know that California is the only state in the union that has an extinct animal on its flag? Notice the gun.
Poet Linda Dove shared this part of the exhibit with Elizabeth. I love how the sunlight shines through the plaque and projects the poem onto the ground. To partially quote Linda's poem, A Love Letter to California, "In the nation of red, a single star glows against sky. It says, the light must fall through traps and mix again with earth."
We enjoyed the large pods (four of them) by Leonard Rusch. This installation was called "Acoustic Artifacts." Rusch's sound system wasn't working when we were there, but it didn't matter. Tucked beneath the trees as though they had always been there, the pods were cool and they had their own sounds.
Dangling from trees throughout the Lower Arroyo were several "Yo-Yo Men," by Cindy Jackson. John emulates this one for you.
We liked much of it, didn't like all of it. You would like different stuff than I liked. Such is art.
We talked about whether or not art is necessary. I think it is, but your necessary art is not the same as my necessary art. Does the world need Camelot & Vine? No, but I needed to write it.
So here's my segue: please come to the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse this Thursday night, November 7, 7-9pm, for their Welcome the Holidays party. I'll be there along with authors Dianne Dixon, Michael Mullin and Allen Griffiths. It's a family party with stories, games, free wrapping, personal shoppers, a raffle and refreshments. Get your book signed! Have some punch! Win something!
The store is full of art, some necessary, some un. You decide.