"In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks."
John Muir

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hail to the Chief (s)

There is a rather fascinating monument in downtown Fairbanks.
Alaska continues to hold numerous native tribes scattered throughout
its immense size and space.  
This particular memorial honors the tribal chiefs who have ruled these tribes 
of the Alaskan Interior in the past.
Using a kind of metal, the sculptor designed the figures
by placing the material in the shadows and dark places.
A bit like a reverse negative.

Lightened areas are empty.
From close up, the figures look odd,

broken and unfinished.
See the side of his face and head--nothingness.

But, by stepping away, the blankness fills in 
or perhaps our amazing brains realize what the image is meant to be
and fills in the spaces for us.
And, in doing so, each chief gains completeness.
Yet, there is a lack of substance.
As if this depicts the spirit of each beloved chief that no longer 
lives with his tribesmen.
I found this appropriate, unique and attractive.
 I thought you might, too.

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