The Rio Fernando Park Master Planning and Land Art Event was held on Saturday, August 18th. It was a beautiful late summer afternoon. Amy Bell, Gillian Joyce and members of the Taos Land Trust led participants on a site walk, describing the proposed use zones in the landscape. Every time the design team and community join in walking the land we discover a deeper way of listening to the place and the needs of the community. Participants had the opportunity to view the updated master plan and vote on their favorite place name (“Rio Fernando Nature Park” is in the lead). Artists Beverly Fisher and Sarah Hart led a nest and serpentine line building activity in the cottonwood copse, using willow, Siberian elm and other twigs and branches that had been pruned and cleared from the agricultural and riparian areas of the site. People of all ages gathered and wove twigs to create three amazing sculptures. These will stay up for the season, so please go find them and add a twig on your next visit to Rio Fernando Park.
Photos by Jim O’Donnell