A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
Talk about the sands of time. The winner of Texas Sandfest 2019 created this astounding image of Abraham Lincoln lamenting the state of the republic under the exquisitely apt rubric, “Liberty Is Crumbling.” Begun in 1997 as part of the Port Aransas Art Center, the Sandfest has evolved into a three-day, low-tide, tourist-drawing, event; in 2006, it became its own nonprofit but continues to raise money for the nonprofit Port Aransas Community Theater. The distraught Honest Abe was made by master sculptor Damon Langlois of Victoria British Columbia, who owns a design studio when he’s not covertly working as “SandyMan.” “Born on the planet Earth,” he writes in his bio,” he is almost invulnerable…Only the question ‘what happens when it rains’ can weaken the Man of Sand (so) long as he is under Earth’s yellow sun.” His face-palming Lincoln, he says, highlights the alarming reality of the times: “Our liberties are slowly eroding – we should realize that and stand up and fight for (them).”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ― Abraham Lincoln
Also, just because he wears so well over time: “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” And, “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
First published in Common Dreams.