Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A sketch of the rock carriers who begin the formation of Dutton Hill, under the primeval sea, some 600 million imaginary years ago. They begin standing in tubs of ink, then walk on paper scrolls so that their macrame'd skirts calligraph pace lines as the aeon counters signal passage of time. I suppose they are Salamanders - since in the otherworld of magic they embody submerged creative fire; in the history of substances world ~ tides, currents, floods, mud, sand, and the millions of creatures that will vanish in the space before we arrive at 1845. Their headdresses are willow wand crowns, with contact microphones attached, so that any brushing on the logs suspended at the illusionary waterline above them is a sound event. At the end of their passage, the rocks are dropped on an amplified metal plate.
Pitman Creek is home to the Hellbender, 2nd largest salamander in the world - only Japan has a bigger one. Amphibians, so we're told, were the first vertebrates to emerge from the sea to inhabit the land ~ onto the sort of mudflats that would eventually form the limestone of the hill. I could recount this as a child, but my dad corrected me concerning the source of the Dutton Hill rocks. Those arrived when the Devil, flying over with a load of rocks, broke an apron string and dropped them.
This dance reconciles the two origin stories.