By Randi Somers
For the ninth consecutive year, artist Mavis Muller is out on the beach at Mariner Park, braving winds, rain and occasional kite surfers who hit the surf at the base of the Homer Spit, as she constructs a large, intricately woven basket of natural materials.
Construction of the basket, as well as a walking labyrinth, began Sunday and continues through Sept. 15. The actual burning of Muller’s impermanent art project is slated for Sept. 16.
Muller, who originally decided to embark on the project following her attendance and experience at the “Burning Man” event at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada several years ago, acts as coordinator in the construction, as well as burning.
Construction will be underway from noon to 5 p.m. daily, and community members are encouraged to participate.
“There will be activities until sundown if basket builders come down after five,” Muller said.
When construction of the basket is finished, people are invited to attach notes of remembrance of departed loved ones, hope for the universe, or just a way of releasing burdens and promoting loving thoughts and feelings.
At 6 p.m. the community is invited to participate in a potluck dinner and listen to Muller’s talk explaining the history and meaning of the burning basket ritual. The evening usually includes drumming, music, poetry recitation and fire spinning. Fire spinners also use staffs with flames on each end twirled like a baton.
At sundown, torch-carriers gather to ignite the basket, sending notes of hope, wishes and burdens up in smoke and embers.
The labyrinth remains a walking path until Mother Nature removes it with rain, wind and tide.
What: Basket Construction/Burn
When: Through Sept. 16
Where: Mariner Park, Homer Spit
More info: 299-1478
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