About Shrines to Nature

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1pm-4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am-7pm

“Shrines to Nature” is a community art project at Caponi Art Park led by well-known public artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella. Together we will create three temporary interactive sculptures that will grow throughout the weeks of Art Block 2020.

You are invited to help piece together these temporary structures that pay homage to the unique events of this past year and the healing power of the Natural World. Add something meaningful, beautiful or inspiring—be it a feather, stone, stick, grass, leaves—from the natural world or share your photos, thoughts and stories online #shrinestonature. Materials and instructions will be provided.

Participants must wear masks in the shrine areas and are asked to keep a social distance from other park visitors at all times.

Meet the artist with an artist let tour. Learn more here

Artist Concept

A collaborative project between Caponi Art Park and Big Animal Productions

“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

Wendell Berry

It goes without saying that 2020 has been an anxious and unprecedented time, not just for our families and communities, but indeed for humanity as a whole. In such times as these, with anxiety and uncertainty on the rise, humans might be wise to turn to the well-springs that give them solace, hope and a sense of belonging. For many people, myself included, that well-spring is none other than Mother Nature. Leaving the noise of human travail behind, do we not often feel that walking into the woods feels quite like finally coming home? Who, in the midst of the haze of human struggle, hasn’t  paused to glance-off into a sunset, at the dappled reflections on a lake, at the noble majesty of trees, or at the subtle intricacies of plants, air, sunlight and pollinators, working the miracle of life just outside our doors? In such moments, we lose ourselves in the wonder of Nature , and feel at peace– if only for that moment. And so it is with walking through a park. It soothes and calms us and reminds us of the wonder of creation.