Hello from Karlsruhe! Martina and I left AteliaHaus at 6 AM and drove straight to Karlsruhe. She is an excellent driver and dealt with several delays and much construction on the highway like a professional driver! What a great friend she has turned out to be. I can’t thank her enough for all she has done and for her support of my project. Thank You Martina!
We got here about 12:00 noon , which was sooner than we expected and found my hostel without too much difficulty. We off-loaded my luggage and got directions from the hostel manager to ZKM which was really not far. ZKM – Center for Art and Media is often refered to as the “German Center Pompidou”. ZKM is the world’s first interactive media museum, it focuses on media technologies and the arts but hosts a wide variety of exhibitions, events and hands-on opportunities for the public, especially children. I decided to place Bill’s Lodestone somewhere near ZKM because it would be near a place that exemplifies the relationship of media technology and art. Bill was a communications engineer and I am an artist. What better place to reunite Bill with one of our childhood homes. I had researched ZKM on-line and knew a little about the physical layout but didn’t really know what the possibilities for siting Bill’s Lodestone would be. We discovered that there was a parking deck very close to a site that I was interested in ,so we went there and proceeded to reconnoiter. My original idea proved unworkable but we soon discovered that there were two very nice ,sort of outdoor galleries, created with hedges and trees that had gravel surfaces and benches and wouldn’t ever require mowing or other maintenance that might be interfered with by the Lodestone. One of these quiet and peaceful places seemed ideal for Bill’s stone. That is where we placed it
Anticipating that in the normal course of events, someone will discover the Lodestone and decide that it doesn’t belong where it is, I placed a note in the cavity of the lodestone that briefly explains what it is and what it represents. I ask that whoever discovers the stone respect it as a memorial and find a permanent home for it. I also included my contact information and asked that they inform me of what disposition was made of Bill’s Lodestone.
All we can do now is wait and see what happens. In any case, Bill is back in Germany and my mission is complete. Cheers and Thank You for your support.
I will now travel to Latvia to see my old friends Ojars Feldbergs and Larua Miglone and maybe also Ojar’s Daugheter ,Laura. I will get to see the renovation of a 14th century manorhouse which Ojars has used as his home and studio and continue discussions about a large earthwork that I want to do at his sculpture park, Pedvale. Life is rich and Art makes it richer!