East Harriet project creates peace rocks

Work is underway for a $50,000 East Harriet Gateway Peace Project, a series of six markers connecting Lyndale Farmstead Park to the Rose and Peace gardens.

The markers will resemble a pile of rocks, called cairns, a traditional way-finding device left on trails by explorers, said a statement by artists Greg Ingraham, a landscape architect and park planner, and artist Teri Kwant of Seward.

"The community wanted something that was timeless," Kwant said. "The concept is to have a pathway to peace."

The two propose having text sandblasted into the limestone base of each cairn, reflecting the East Harriet community’s feelings, questions and ideas about the meaning of "peace."

The shape of the cairns will evolve along the path, Kwant said. The cairns will start at West 40th Street and Bryant Avenue South, near the former Park Superintendent’s home, and continue west down West 40th and over to Rose Way Road.

Community workshops will help develop the text for the cairns, she said. The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association will approve the final language.

"The idea of doing something for the neighborhood and doing something for the mission of peace, it’s a great opportunity," said Ingraham, a Lynnhurst resident. If all goes well, the installation will take place in October or November, he said, "after the wedding season at the Rose and Peace gardens."

For more information on the project, or to contribute ideas for the peace message, call the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association at 824-9350 or email ideas to ehfna1@aol.com.