Friday, February 27, 2015

Flowers to the Sea

Errant flower node

When you make art that floats, inevitably some of it gets away, and goes off on its own adventures. Often, it's the happenstance that attracts my attention and triggers my delight. If I could wave a magic wand and convince the world of a few things, one of them would be that not only is it OK to be wrong, but mistakes can actually be beneficial to progress, to understanding, to peace of mind.

There it was, the stray flower glowing in the rising sun beneath the weir structure

But these happenstance encounters don't happen sitting at home on the couch. I have to get up, get out there, ride around, and be open to them. Curious enough to find them. Moving slow enough to notice them. This one is part of the Canal Convergence installation at the Scottsdale Waterfront. I'm hoping to get over there this weekend while stuff is actually happening, rather than wandering through at daybreak when it's pretty quiet, just me and the floating flowers.

Floating flower explanatory diagram. "the Garden Grows: BioMe" by Karrie Hovey

I feel a kinship or connection with these floating elements of art that escape to head downriver to the sea on their own, unpredictable adventures. Chances are, they won't make it to the sea. Chances are, they won't even make it beyond the weir. But that doesn't really matter. They somehow escaped their cinder blocks, somehow floated off down the streams of chance to whatever might be down there. I'm with them. Float on flowers, float on to the sea.

The flower's firmly moored brothers and sisters

This was a provisional location. They moved closer to Scottsdale Road, via, I'm certain, SRP Boat

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