Gaia Walk update

June 1, 2015

Every afternoon after carving for most of the day, I leave my studio around 3PM and head out to the Point or other parts of the Gaia Evolution Walk to put in a couple of hours of work before the sun goes down.

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The first photo shows my studio with the sculpture ‘Present Time’ on the work bench. It’s about nine foot long and will (one day) stand tall like a totem pole. In front and on the sawhorses are 22 sand blasted wooden posts that are to be installed along the Gaia Walk as soon as they are prepped — holes for steel posts and a bit of sanding.

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I found this squashed creature along the Walk this past week and it somehow seems fitting to rest it on the stack of sandblasted posts.

Of the eventual 80 posts, to date forty have been placed along the 1.2 kilometre path.

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The “20” signifies 20 million years ago. I, myself, find it interesting that for most of the history of Earth, there wasn’t the melodious voice of any bird to welcome in or close down the day.

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Most of the 13 illustrative panels have been placed along the path as single units. The last three, however, representing the Cenezoic Era (65 million years ago to present day) have been placed together.

And, flat on the ground like all the others. Level, too. With a slight slope for drainage. And branches to deter wombats. Length is 3.6 meters or 12 feet.

I like the concept of ancient time buried in the earth, yet visible.

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My shadow gives a sense of scale.

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Kate MacNicol June 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

Howdy Pete, delighted to see how the Gaia walk is evolving. I so appreciate you efforts to bring past time into present consciousness. Roaring is particularly evocative for me in bringing the whisper of Aboriginal habitation to the surface like the big pile of flints rising to the surface near the change rock,near the lagoon. I have relished the quiet on last visits “home”..winter has arrived. Bliss

Astrid June 2, 2015 at 2:39 am

Each step is the way Peter, as the saying goes. Lovely update on a labour of love. Pretty sparkling days by the looks. Look forward to visiting Xxx

glenn June 1, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Nice Peter,

I’m looking forward to walking this new old track some day.

Hope all is well in the hood.

We will see you soon enough.

Us :-)

“We are dreaming of a time when the land might give thanks for the people.” -Robin Wall Kimmerer

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