“….we are not separate from our soils, waters, and air – nor are we, in truth, separate from one another”
I went to visit one of Jackie Brookner’s earlier works in a place called Dreher Park in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jackie Brookner (1945-2015) worked on the Dreher Park project in 2003-04, with Angelo Ciotti, to revamp the Park’s water flow and flood control systems consisting of eight acres of inter-connecting lakes and retention ponds.
I didn’t know I was on a pilgrimage until we drove into the park. As I walked toward the large pond named Elders’ Cove an almost surreal sensation enveloped me and I began to tear up… When I reached the plaque that described the site I was snuffling loudly enough to gather a few curious sidelong glances from some children on the nearby boardwalk. The inscription helped me realize what was happening for me – the final line reads: “The water, the plants and animals, the birds, the frogs and fish, and we too, are all interconnected parts of a larger whole.”