Contemplative Forest Art Walk was an intimately scaled, self guided tour of hand painted banners nearly 10 feet in length, each marking a station for mindfulness based meditation and contemplation. The paintings changed with each moment and over the longer scale of time, they faded. Benches with signage provided information on different kinds of mindfulness. Scroll down to find links to guided audio meditation.
Contemplative Forest Art Walk was deinstalled in September of 2020 after 16 months.
Ford Center Forest 21235 Alberta Ave, L'Anse, MI 49946 Left map is of trail head and parking. Right maps shows route from the Gift Shop. Maps courtesy of Mike Hyslop.
Contemplative Forest Art Walk was constructed by a creative and technical team led by Anne Beffel at Michigan Technological University's public art design studio, Studio Here Now, located in Wadsworth Residence Hall, and at the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, the Ford Center Forest, and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. The first banners project was created at the invitation of David Francis, Public Arts Coordinator for the Shoreline Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.
Supported by the Michigan Technological University School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, College of Sciences of Arts, Department of Visual & Performing Arts, Office of Institutional Equity and a Michigan Tech Research Excellence Fund Scholarship & Creativity Grant. Special thanks to Residence Education and Housing for hosting our Studio Here Now. Many thanks to the following individuals: Jared Anderson, Amy & Karen Catering, Trish Bennet, Mark Campbell-Olszewski, Natasha Chopp, Erin Froese, Robert Froese, Kallan Green, David Hemmer, Cindy Barrett & Joe Kayramo at Homestead Graphics, Mads Howard, Jackie Huntoon, Mike Hyslop, Bethany Jones, Kirby Korpela at World of Wood, Joyce Koskenmaki, Pete Larsen, Beth Lunde-Stockero, Tanya Maki, Thomas Paige, Dana Paiz, Travis Pierce, Joe Plowe, Jim Schmirer, Terry Sikkula, Tom Stiles (audio engineer), Andrew Storer, Todd Van Valkenburg, Wendy Van Valkenburg, Nick Vlahos.