This image of messages on cloth, dancing in the wind above the arid land near Andamooka in South Australia, fills me with immense joy and gratitude.
The collective poetry project, Solace, was initiated and created by Australian artist India Flint. She solicited pennons and flags from artists located around the globe, each piece decorated with words and phrases significant to the maker, stitched and embellished onto the cloth. The flags were gathered and cataloged as they arrived to The Observatory, and hung by India (and her faithful assistant Kubbi) during the solstice in June of this year.
The installation will stay in place, exposed to weather and wind indefinitely, and I am imagining that remnants of cloth gradually will be dispersed into the landscape. As an added homage, India Flint also composed a free form poem, using words collected from the pennons, that is published on the project website .
As a participant I now feel connected to a place that I have never visited, but that feels spiritually significant, even from afar. I also feel connected to the other contributors, and their willingness to consider and express what is meaningful and important.