Three local artists have participated in “A Walking Contemplation”, a public art garden project endeavored by Western Connecticut State University and the Danbury Museum and Historical Society in honor of the 14th Dali Lama’s visit to the university this week. The gardens are available for enjoyment and contemplation through Sunday, October 21 at the Danbury Museum, located at 43 Main Street.
“I wanted to make an interactive installation that would be appropriate for the season as well as the coming of the Dalai Lama. The idea is based on the Chinese wishing tree, where someone can attach their hopes or wishes in the form of calligraphy on fabric to a tree for good luck. And although the Chinese don’t agree with the teachings of the Dalai Lama, I wanted to do something that would cross cultures to further make the point that we’re really all the same.
I wanted to give basic instructions in different languages that were prominently represented in the Danbury community as well as for potential visitors to the museum for added interest. The idea is to fill the tree as much as possible so that when all is done it will be a fully realized artificial but sincere expression of people everywhere.
The materials used are an antique plant stand and found branches attached by wrapped wires. The ribbons are a weather-able “duck” cloth that I felt would mimic the color of the season and give a nice golden glow to the garden. The stones were harvested locally and I like the way the arrangement invites the viewer to approach the tree.”
“My contemplation area consists of a steel bench and an abstract figure made of steel circles. I was inspired by the various meanings of a circle: wholeness, inclusion, centering, completion, unity.”