If there is one personal trait I embrace, it is my childlike curiosity. And, when we are on the road there is a lot to distract me. As I was traversing an airport concourse, moving fast along side fellow travelers, my peripheral vision caught sight of beautiful color and I was stopped in my tracks. So much of life keeps us moving forward with hardly a glance around and I am reminded of a quote by Thomas Merton...
Art in public places gives us a chance to lose ourselves if only for a moment and rebalance our perspective. As I stopped and took a closer look, I was gob smacked! Each huge canvas reflecting nature was created by individual rolls of wool!!! What I am saying is thousands of rolls of wool gave birth to a view in nature. I was both stunned and fascinated not only by the creations, but the hope that blossomed knowing that there were young people out there who are moved to create art...to make the world a more beautiful place. Art gives us Hope.
The PDX airport is a big supporter of arts in public places and their choice of Xander Griffith's wool creations was perfect. Not only did they display the art but they had a screen playing an interview and explanation by Xander of his process. You can find more information on Xander Griffith's large scale art work on his website. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into a different kind of fiber world and that it lifts your heart!
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