Thinking about Public Art

From October 10,2014

Ever have one of those days when pieces of time and experiences go together even though you didn’t plan it that way. This morning I was reading passages from Patrick Modiano the French writer who was just awarded the Nobel prize for literature. Here’s a thought that seemed wonderful to me…
“I believe that the entrance halls of buildings still retain the echo of footprints of those who used to cross them and who have since vanished. Something continues to vibrate after they have gone, fading waves, but which can still be picked up if one listens carefully.”
And then I attended the dedication of the new Gerard Tsutakawa sculpture at UWT recalling the Japanese Language School that stood on Tacoma Avenue within the campus property. They played a beautiful and haunting recording made at the Rialto Theater by a former student singing the school song and then 88 year old Ted Tamaki took us back there in his unselfish recollections of a vanished time and place.
It was a morning like a movie with subtitles.

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