Path of Support and Remembering, Medicine Wheel, The Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, December 2011
Water / visions / stream with rock paths / path = support, friendship, help / remembering / caring / dignifying life and death / reflect / revive / healing
The element this year is water. There is a very large pool of water in the middle of the space. Thirty-six pedestals make a larger circle round the pool of water. On each hour rain fills the pool of water. I walk in to the middle of the too with a white box filled with circular ice forms in one hand and a pile of shiny cloths in the other, it is raining. I walk around the circle once. I place the box on the floor. I begin by laying one of the pieces of cloth on the floor in front of me. I step on it and do it again, and again, and again, until I make it back to my box. I take one ice form out of the box and place it on one of the pedestals. I continue doing this until each of the pedestals has been given my ice offering. Each ice form has a small bottle filled with salt in it, which will be left behind. It is raining again. I pick up the empty box and pick up each piece of cloth.
Photos by Vela Phelan