Confluence' was a memorial to the millions of lives lost over the centuries due to colonization. It specifically acknowledged the impact that the site, Point State Park, had historically as a passage way for settlers. This work consisted of sixty military-style hospital beds that symbolized sites for birth, illness, and death. Beds were lined with grass as a reference to the wilderness that once filled the area. On each bed was a folded blanket that symbolized the small pox blankets given to Native Americans and the lucrative fur trade that first attracted Europeans to the area. Atop many beds sat a dog, the only domesticated animal that both populations shared. The dog, in some Native American cultures is sacred and carries souls over turbulent waters to the land of the dead. The dogs here waited patiently for the return of their human companions.
Three Rivers Arts Festival