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What better way to celebrate
Earth
than to enjoy it.
And we did,
last Saturday—
a beautiful,
clear,
warm,
yes, breezy,
Oklahoma April day.
We learned about bees and other pollinators,
took the Cosmic Walk,
made seed bombs,
spun silky alpaca wool,
cooked in solar ovens,
discovered Smart Pots,
toured the house made of straw and mud,
walked the prairie labyrinth,
watched the goats and alpaca,
led children on a nature scavenger hunt,
climbed old Junipers,
danced, hilariously, to sweet fiddle music,
picnicked on grilled corn and bison hot dogs,
and thanked the Earth.

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May we be so attentive,
so appreciative,
so thoughtful about living our lives
with this magnificent planet
every
day.

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So, there’s a park
alongside Broadway,
and 11th Street in Oklahoma City.
It might be called
a strip park. I had never noticed
it before. A friend invited
me there to see
a new art installation. A sculpture.
Made of decommissioned lobster
and crab nets and other
rope-like materials; “Terra”
it’s called. A New York artist
struck by the color of the soil
in central Oklahoma, Gengler
painted the undulating stacks
of rope hauled from the sea
a rusty orange/red.
On this land
that millions of years ago
was the sea,
now sits this captivating sculpture
laid out, my friend observed,
like boats set on the shore,
and wrapped around a full-character Oklahoma Juniper.

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Orly Genger created the piece
for the Oklahoma Contemporary Art Museum.
A team arrived last week to build
the 1.4 million feet of used lobster rope
into “Terra.” Genger weaves the rope
by hand into 18-inch wide strips
that then are stacked into forms
that create a connection with the space.
Last part of the installation in Oklahoma City
was painting the piece. It took
350 gallons of terra-cotta-like paint.

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Genger says her pieces help viewers
to “explore the terrain in a new way.”
Indeed, I had noticed the car dealership
there on Broadway, but not
the park where Terra now rests,
and excites. Lovely trees
there
too.

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