Art of Deliverance

July 30, 2017

When a lover departs, or death takes someone who was close to our heart, we are left with a field of memories. Images, stories, heartache – all can inhibit the memory-keeper from moving on.

Sonoma Country artist David Best has created a Temple of Remembrance that allows visitors to release a memory, to enshrine a remembrance, and walk away.

Known for his temporary structures that are ritualistically set ablaze at Burning Man (an event that defies description) Best rendered this permanent installation in steel, and it can be found on the sprawling grounds of the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California, courtesy of the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation.

Temple of Remembrance is a place for visitors to collect their thoughts, and leave them behind.

Standing inside the birdcage-like structure I read the inscriptions penned onto ribbons that hang from every corner, and these words of Dylan Thomas came to mind:

“Though lovers be lost love shall not”


David Best speaks about his art and inspiration:

Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch

To love, to hope, to dream, and oh, to lose

For your life has lived in me

Your laugh has lifted me

Your word was a gift to me

To remember this brings painful joy

Tis a human thing, love

A holy thing to love what death can touch

[attributed to Helveti of Rome, 13th century]

“Love” by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg (photo Dominic Egan)

For more information Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation and Paradise Ridge Art


© Cynthia Albers, 2017, All rights Reserved


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