Spring’s Flag

Photo Assemblage by Paul Smedberg

At long last, spring.

It’s kinda hard not to give at least a metaphorical consideration to reincarnation in the presence of this ecstatic rebirth of plant life.


I shot the component photos of the above assemblage in the spring of 2008. I’m going for a simple, almost flag-like thing here with the round birdbath in the center. The center of the birdbath is a bit over-exposed giving the whole thing a “come into the light” overtone.

There are probably more, but I can think of a couple flags with circles in the center: Japan and India. Japan’s is the sun. India’s is the wheel. One the Hinomaru, or sun circle, the other the Ashoka Chakra – symbolizing the repeating cycles of life.

I like basins and all their semiotic overtones: ablution, baptism.
The hotel room in a movie western has a basin on the dresser.
This is a bird basin.
I guess other species use basins, but certainly not all.
Dolphins don’t need no basins, for instance.

In the 80s I did this simple little installation.
I can’t remember if it ever had a name.
On the wall is a poster photo of the whole moon.
On a stand in front of the poster is a largish clear glass bowl 3/4 filled with water.

There’s a small sign.
Put your hands in the water and think about the moon.

Consider doing this at home: looking out the window on a full moon with your hands immersed in water.

~ by bracketbracket on April 9, 2009.

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