Med­i­ta­tion spa­ces for public places

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

MED­I­TA­TION Spa­ces for Public Places is an idea I’ve re­cently hatched.

My vi­sion is to see the con­struc­tion of a struc­ture or small build­ing (in the best case sce­nario) de­signed with con­sid­er­able artis­tic in­put for the free use of groups and in­di­vid­u­als for the pur­pose of communal med­i­ta­tion or self-re­flec­tion and sup­port groups. The site would ide­ally be a spot of nat­u­ral beauty and tran­quil­ity.

I pre­sume a lo­ca­tion in Port Dou­glas for easy ac­cess by lo­cals and vis­i­tors would be pre­ferred by most, though I be­lieve there are mer­its for it be­ing fur­ther afield also - Mowbray for in­stance - so think widely.

The pur­pose of in­clud­ing artis­tic in­put is to ad­dress the shame­ful lack of public art in Port Dou­glas as well as to con­struct some­thing beau­ti­ful and pos­i­tive in its own right, and that’s con­ducive for med­i­ta­tion and re­flects what the build­ing stands for.

The de­sign would ex­hibit a sec­u­lar aes­thetic, which in turn re­flects sec­u­lar and in­clu­sive val­ues of the com­mu­nity at large.

In or­der to re­alise this project, land, funds, com­mu­nity sup­port and in­volve­ment is sought.

I ap­peal, par­tic­u­larly at this point in time, to any­one who could do­nate a suit­able piece of land for the pur­pose.

While noth­ing is be­ing ruled out, this let­ter is ad­dressed to pri­vate cit­i­zens and or­gan­i­sa­tions. Ide­ally the spot would be sur­rounded by park­land, for­est or water views but any of­fer would be grate­fully con­sid­ered. Free public ac­cess is es­sen­tial.

To spark your imag­i­na­tion to the pos­si­bil­i­ties, I want to share some of my wildest ideas.

The project could be a bub­ble of glass or per­spex sub­merged into the murky wa­ters off Four Mile Beach (like the Green Is­land ob­ser­va­tory), po­si­tioned at the end of a jetty out over the sea; hov­er­ing above the mud at the end of a board­walk into the man­grove thicket neigh­bour­ing the sports grounds; nes­tled back into the co­conut and aca­cia groves on the fore­shore of Four Mile Beach or wedged into the side of Flagstaff Hill with an out­look over the Coral Sea - but I ap­pre­ci­ate I may have to set­tle for con­sid­er­ably less.

I would also like to start a group asap for mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion. Phone 4098 5358 or email chill­inut­meg@ya­ if you are in­ter­ested.

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