A quiet enclave at the bend of the river reflects diffused light through the leaves.
This is a Hidden Stream, a place of such intense silence that one feels transported to a place in another world, another time, another place. The veriest whispers of sound emanates from the slow moving water itself, and when the visitor closes his or her eyes and focuses on this soft, elusive rippling song, the mind is able to rest, reflect, and think.
The beauty of Hidden Streams is that they can be found in many places, even urban settings, if one knows where to look. Within many parks, if there is water running through them, there is the ability to step close to the banks, nestle among the trees and leaves, and focus solely on the landscape within one’s immediate surroundings.
And though there may be sounds of the people in the park behind you, it becomes a game of concentration to listen for the sounds of the stream itself, to block out the noises of busy-ness, to focus on the songs of nature.
Hidden Stream, the artwork, invites the viewer to step into this place of tranquility and stillness, to take a break from all the many things we have on our list to do that day, and to transport ourselves, if only for a moment, to a place where phones don’t ring and cars don’t backfire and managers don’t toss reports on our desk that need to be addressed five minutes ago.
Hidden Stream is a reminder that the world – the real world, that of nature and not of the artificial environment of offices and stores and parking lots – goes on whether we are there or not. And maybe that means that, now and then, we should make an effort to be there, there where the water glides effortlessly by and the trees stand hushed.
Featured in 23 Fine Art America groups.
June 6th, 2017
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