Marina Del Rey Dredging Project
I usually take the back roads driving avoiding Lincoln Blvd. Many years have taken me past the canals and through the marina. One day I was invited by a friend to go parasailing. We went to MARINA DEL REY PARASAILING. What a great experience to go up in the air with a giant smiley face up over head.
Sending you smiles from the sky
Mark and his crew are a blast to be out on the ocean with and as we were heading back into the marina I saw the dredger on the barge and was instantly captivated to come back to the site and do a landscape.
When I came back to scout the location the barge was directly in the channel and I realized that this was the Marina Del Rey Dredging Project happening for 40 days to expand the depth and shoreline of the marina for larger boats to get through. The more I researched the more I started to see the deeper symbolism. On an emotional level dredging sometimes is frowned upon, just as there are people unhappy with the project because the sediment clogging the entrance brings out toxins. Only when you dig deep into your emotions, letting the resentment, disappointments and residue go, can you allow space for healing and new opportunities. The best part about the project is that they actually are using the sediment for a harbor redevelopment project in Long Beach. As you see the clamshell dredge Paula Lee, it is an amazing process.
So I arrive at the site and the barge is now moved and perpendicular to the pier and I just didn’t know how I was going to paint it from that perspective, when the barge started to move back as the barges where changing shifts, so that the debris could be moved and enter a fresh barge ready for more of the collected thick, black, and sludgy sand. So I did my drawing in that hour and then again the barge was back in front of the pier.
I was thinking to take that giant panel and do a larger scale landscape, when in the moment I changed course and decided to focus on the Dredge itself, seeing its symbolic and profound message. Some think it is scary, some think it is imperative, I just think it is cool.