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Monday, August 4, 2008

The things you retain

The VCCA grounds are full of public art, much of it designed to facilitate contemplation.

This one is variously known as "the sunset bench," "the kissing bench," and "the pot-smoking bench."

It’s easy to talk about the beauty of this place in visual terms. The rolling fields and quiet forests, the golden hills and the distant mountains have a soothing effect on the eyes. But the other senses are the ones that trap memories and they’re the ones that will haunt me when I go back to Brooklyn: the sweet smell of the Earth, the warm sun on my face, the wind and the wall of cicada-sound, the gentle rocking of the pool-mattress as I watch the clouds slowly break apart and re-form...

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