Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artifact at 1000 Palms Canyon, CA

Upon a recent trip to visit friends Bart Haszelbart and Carl Heohn who had moved to Palm Springs in January of 2011 I thought it might be a nice occasion to do an installation. The Artifact Project is an ongoing art project (not geocaching) which I started in February of 1986.

This is the first time that I have posted any reference to this on my blog. I decided to so because as we were leaving the site of a group installation at 1000 Palm Canyon, California. David Sorg, who had just helped participate in an installation suggested I started putting these on my blog.

For those of you who do not know about the artifact installation project, I have written a detailed description on my website

I wanted this artifact to be a group installation and something about the San Andreas Fault.

Carl Hoehn suggested that we do the installation at 1000 Palms Canyon because the because it was on the fault and had been created by it. The fault had fractured the underlying ground in such a way that water bubbles it's way to the surface. This had created the oasis.

On Sunday, November 13, 2011 Bart Haszelbart, Carl Hoehn, David and Patti Sorg, and myself drove to Coachella Valley Preserve 1000 Palms Canyon with artifact number
GC5:08.21.03B. I was immediately impressed with the presence of these amazing native trees, the California fan palm, or Washingtonia filifera. It felt like I was in a very sacred space. It was also interesting to become familiar with some of the native desert plants which were labeled along the hiking trails. This is an incredibly beautiful place and was a real highlight of my visit to the Palm Springs area.