ALOUD Water Panel Sketch and Thanks
June 7, 2012 § 2 Comments
I had a good time at last night’s ALOUD program The Elemental West: Reflections on Moving Water featuring Kathleen Dean Moore, Craig Childs and William Deverell. I previewed the event in detail here. The speakers were excellent; I could feel their visceral connections to landscape and waters. There was a compelling balance between the discomfort/fear that climate change is wreaking awful changes on earth’s lands and waters, and the comfort/love of being in and connecting with those places. The three had visited the Los Angeles River earlier in the day and expressed a mix of hope and sadness about its present state and its envisioned futures.
The event ended up being a sort of Creek Freak reunion – lots of great women (and a couple men) working on and writing on healing L.A.’s waters and neighborhoods. Good to see fellow L.A. Creek Freak bloggers Jessica Hall and Joshua Link – plus The River Project, A Chance of Rain, Rambling L.A., The Council for Watershed Health, Backyard Ecology, river architect Arthur Golding, and even a good friend who helped usher me into river activism (in the early 90s, he was FoLAR’s first staffer) Martin Schlageter. Apologies for folks I’ve left out…
Thanks to all the folks at ALOUD for putting on another very worthwhile event!
I did the above sketch (click to enlarge) – which a few folks asked me to post online, hence this quick post. Sorry that the quick sketch doesn’t really look that much like Craig Childs. One of my favorite parts of the sketch is the water pitcher on the table – which sort of represents the sort of beauty and miracle in all its forms that Childs spoke about – from creek, to tapwater, to a soap-laden dribble from a car-wash, to rain-slickened roadways, water has a compelling language, shape, story… perhaps even in this sketch of a pitcher half full of water.
(More Joe Linton art at Handmade Ransom Notes.)