I stopped to take photos of this massive driftwood while on a beach run with a good friend when an elder beachcomber joined us for the moment and asked,
"What are you doing?"
I replied in jest,
"We're thinking of taking this home and making a coffee table."
He said with a smile,
"A man can dream can't he?"
His response was exactly what we needed to hear that morning and continues to resonate today.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Designed to grace a big wall in the outer Sunset District, this concept of the kelp mandala is based upon the mounds of seaweed that sometimes punctuate the shoreline of Ocean Beach here on San Francisco's west side. Kelp forests exist as a vital underwater ecosystem and are usually broken up by surging tides and stormy seas. Once on shore these mounds are fascinating labyrinths of amber and green knots that have captured my imagination since childhood. The shoreline is a daily mecca for me and the kelp mandala represents its spiritual significance.