The natural world and art seem to go together. You may notice that there is a sculpture of a Buddha head in the dune land, looking out on all he surveys. He will be there for a year and the program that placed it there, 10,00 ripples (http://www.indirajohnson.com/Indira_Johnson/10000_Ripples.html) is hoping that this one and the 99 other ones placed throughout Chicago will get people talking about non-violence. There is also the Artist of the Wall (http://www.yelp.com/biz/artists-of-the-wall-chicago) changing exhibit, with each year a new set of art by your neighbors. One year the dune was the theme.
I like the transient nature of these art installations as it mirrors the transient nature of the dune habitat. Sand blows in, sand blows out, some plants establish themselves, some are undercut, all in a timeframe that is visible by an individual. We have been working out there less than ten years, but the difference is quite noticeable. Some plants have come, and I was warned to pull them out, that they would take over. I didn’t and they didn’t. But back to art. There are many photographers that take pictures of the dune, sometimes of the wildlife, the sunrise, the water and sometimes fashion photos, wedding photos, baby photos. Inspiration seems to go both ways. Art is inspired by nature, but then, we seek nature like we do art, to help heal our broken hearts, to meditate on the divine, to glimpse our ecstasy. There are urban children who learn the joys of finding feathers and rocks, driftwood and shells. The lighthouse was repaired by neighbors who felt it should be done, the sculpture just southwest of the dune was repaired, the dune itself, repairs the earth. So art, the initiating spark of the creative, and the long term tending of our creation lives and swirls around the dune like the sand itself, settling sometimes and moving on others. Please enjoy the winter season by the lake. The colors of the overwintering plants are spectacular, as the Buddha not doubt has noticed.