Terrain Biennial 2017The Structure of Memory Valentine Terrain Biennial

The Structure of Memory

Fallen branches are lashed together to create a structural environment dedicated to the widows of Iraq. The created space is for contemplation, remembering sacrifices made, representing the complexity and hollowness of life after conflict, but also for hope, rebuilding and peace.

These found sticks and driftwood were used by participants in drawing symbolic lines in the sand in memory of and solidarity with the millions of uncounted widows from decades of strife in the Middle East.  Each branch is dated and signed by participants who marked half-a-million lines in the beaches of Chicago, Evanston and elsewhere over several years.

The closing ceremony consisted of drawing some Lines in the Sand on the Lighthouse beach, a bonfire to release most of the branches and sticks used over the last 8 years and Kevin playing two of his related songs.





Lyrics to Home: see the 2016 Portfolio page

Lyrics to If I Could Sing:

If I Could Sing