I live on the Willimantic River. It is a beautiful river. I love to watch it changing with the seasons. It has brought me comfort and laughter both. Today I went to the unveiling of a Land Art Generator Initiative project called Rio-Iluminado was designed by Lindsay Suter, architect and Gar Waterman, sculptor. The two work out of New Haven at Pirie Associated Architects. Their design was amazing.
The design honors the grace of world we live in, The changing seasons, the community I love as well as the human desire to leave a mark, to give, to respect.
I admit I was leery. It touches on my back yard. Who wants more man made chaos in nature? Not me. Yet when I left this gathering announcing the winter of the competition, I was moved to tears and inspired to poetry and creativity.
I don't want to go into the who and how of this came about. I am not qualified to speak to that. My only involvement has been watching the river flow by. I will say a big thank you to all the people who worked toward this. It speaks worlds of the generosity, kindness and grace of the people of Willimantic.