We talked briefly yesterday about The Fargo Project, a city-wide public art collaboration seeking to reclaim the drainage basin in Fargo’s Rabanus Park and, most importantly, give the public a vested interest in its future. An event tonight at Plains Art Museum will provide an update on the project and allow discussion from the public.
Loretta Cantieri, an artist and faculty member in MSUM’s Department of Art and Design, is part of the artist team working on the project. She offered this reflection on the progress so far:
The process of working with an artist team to involve the community has been exciting and sometimes outside my comfort zone when I am having a shy moment. It has been an education to meet so many different members of the Fargo community and hear them imagining an outdoor space.
I valued land, water, and the outdoors before I was involved in the project, but through the eyes of others I have gained more appreciation for the human urge to survive and to walk outside of manmade structures into the outdoors. Humans invented the detention basin for the necessity to keep nature and water controlled (Fargonians know this all too well), but it seems we instinctually know we want to keep the “outdoors” alive and ecologically well in our urban nesting grounds.
I continually learn about how we need each other to make it happen. At an event tonight at Rabanus park, a woman named Theresa shared lesson in a rhyme “I am the tree and the tree is me, keep the flow of energy.”