Mavis Muller

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of stars. - Walt Whitman

Burning Basket of Remembrance & Unburdening

Autumn Equinox - 2006 - Homer, Alaska

Eager community members gathered on the beach to create Homer, Alaska's third annual burning basket sculpture using natural materials consciously gathered from the coastal wetlands of Kachemak Bay. 

In the center of the large basket sculpture was a birch pole which represented 'where life begins', and on the ground next to the basket was another interactive collaboration, a circular tri-form labyrinth. 

Perched at the top of the center pole was a large, 4', origami folded paper crane. This paper crane was created as a symbol of peace, it appeared as an interactive art installation at many locations around town during previous weeks. It bore hundreds of brightly colored signatures and sentiments for peace. 

The 10' basket was titled, Reflect, ( to mirror; to throw back light, heat, sound; to contemplate.) 

All were invited to interact with it by way of decorating the outside in loving memory of departed ones, and by tucking scrolls of written personal sentiments inside the basket. At sundown, torches were lit, the basket was burned, a community remembered, reflected and released.

"The gift is given, the warmth received. May the memories we share warm us
many times over, and keep us illuminated and connected." - Mavis Muller, workshop facilitator

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