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Mother Nature Creates Her Own Art From Jeanne Dueber’s ‘Protected Community’

Posted on July 1, 2019, by Debra Kehl CoL

(Photo by Debra Kehl)

As you enter the Loretto Motherhouse grounds, glance to the left of the road and you will see a carved tree trunk titled “Protected Community” sculpted by Jeanne Dueber in 2003. The eight carved figures around the trunk are slowly declining, from the center out mostly.

As you enter the Loretto Motherhouse grounds, glance to the left of the road and you will see a carved tree trunk titled “Protected Community” sculpted by Jeanne Dueber in 2003. The eight carved figures around the trunk are slowly declining, from the center out mostly.

(Photo by Debra Kehl)

In the beginning as Jeanne’s vision took root in this incredible art work, she thought it would last longer than it now appears. Nature, in her show of shows, is creating for the tree her own art changes, as we witness it at will declining back into itself. One figure stands strongly upright, and yet she is bending forward more and more as a bow.

When, like a shedding ginkgo tree, will she let go and emerge back to earth calling her, “Come and fold into me!” We watch like meditation teaches — meditate and destroy! Namaste.

Debra Kehl CoL

Debra Kehl CoL

Debra Kehl CoL teaches yoga. She resides in Louisville, Ky.
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