Wow, its almost here. I wonder if you feel this way on the camino, knowing that within 12 hours the destination for this journey is reached . Like seeing the city in the distance after a long arduous journey, I have a spring in my step. It didnt start out that way this morning. All kinds of things were going on, but thats another story. The day like most days has run out of time and I think I am as prepared as I can be. The important thing is that the weather, although constantly changing has stabilised at the moment at cloudy but no rain till lunch time. I have looked at two or three sites and that sems to be the order of the day at the moment but it changes by the hour so its hard to truly know what I will wake up too at 3.30am.
I made up the songs of the Camino , as yet incomplete as tomorrow will add a tune. i am going to listen to it while I create.
I am lucky enough that I have friends coming down to help build it at various times across the early morning when they may have been asleep on the weekend. Special mentions for Sarah and Alan who are coming down with me. Both artist practitioners and spiritual warriors in their own ways.
I welcome everyone, although I hope it to be a quiet, contempaltive build with a relaxed and intuitive feel, all persons involved having a sense of ownership for the space and their relationship too it.
As I finish this slightly shorter piece of writing i am reminded by Elbow Mirrorball that everything has changed, That says it all really.
Good night people of the camino. See you on the road tomorrow.
So its nearly here, or rather i am nearly there. Today was spent wading in the water, marking out the tide pattern for the return to the sea of the peice. Alan Hockett and I - Alan is the collaborator on the stop frame animation of the piece on Saturday, we worked out that the footage will make about 3 minutes of footage alltogether, a mammoth 5040 frames of data over 14 hours. A mammoth task and another lasting memory for the installation. A testament to the beleif that my friends and fellow creatives have in the piece in order to support my journey.
Day 40 is ominus with so many religious and biblical events. In the christian calender - lent was seen as a way to place god at the centre of the world and relfect, stemming from Jesus going into the desert to battle the devil. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights to find contemplation and renewal. I guess thats what this has been to me a way to battle the demons and seek some form of peace and renewal, while constantly moving on and freeing myself from the past chains without major harm to self or others.
I looked today for someone who was blogging from the Camino de Santiago de Compostela but I think it is too early in the day, they are probably still walking, I thought it would be good to see what they are doing right now on their fortieth day, so close to thier destination, to walk up the cathedral steps after such a monumental journey.
I am still trying to work out my trip next year. For my fortieth birthday, do I go for the whole thing or graduate it over the next few years? The answer and opportunity will present itself I am sure. When the time is right.
Tonight I am tired but feeling both scared and excited. Scared that I am not ready to create the piece yet, but there is still time for that to become nervous energy and excited because , like everything with this wonderful indulgent piece, it feels right and the jigsaw keeps fitting in to place where it should be. I am still careful to go with it and not be too prescriptive, aside form the actual shape. This is hard as it goes against my nature as an organiser but actually it is bearable.