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.
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]
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