Queens Botanical Gardens' site lists its vision and mission. They are the following:
"To be the Botanical Garden noted for presentation of plants as unique expressions of cultural traditions."
"The Queens Botanical Garden, a living museum serving the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, is committed to presenting collections, education and research initiatives and programs that demonstrate environmental stewardship, promote sustainability and celebrate the rich cultural connections between people and plants."
So, the thought comes to me...What about the sustainablity of human life?
Because they have many acres of land and depression is an illness which spans all cultural groups, an installation of "Elation" in this setting would be natural.
I have already decided that "Elation" will be made of wood, but only wood that comes from diseased trees or ones already cut, not ones for profit-making. In other words, for example: No Discarded Christmas Trees. NO!!! Absolutely not, even if I could get them for free.
The idea is for everything about "Elation" to be about life - healing. I would like "Elation" to be a model of structures that hospital grounds may have built outside on their grounds and include outdoor "play" for their patients who are able to go outside - to help in their healing process.
I want the elderly, physically-challenged, blind, etc. to be able to climb up this piece which I envision at least five feet high. There will be a ladder for people who are able to climb it. There will be a ramp for those who can not. Therefore, it must meet a code also for wheel chairs. Maybe there should be a special time for people in wheelchairs...I am not sure...this is tricky. Will ask an architect. I do not want to forget "Elation" is not only for diverse cultures of countries, yet also subgroups with specific challenges.
They also have a gallery at Queens Botanical Gardens. I would like to display artifacts of some of my depressions: the watercolors I created that I did to heal myself and my fellow sufferers in the hospital stays, a cane that I painted as a candy cane (a remnant of my mini-stroke and refusal to be considered disabled), a dedication to "SPLASH" this guy who was hospitalized with me who always made me laugh...(a long story) my colorful rendering of the dissection of my right vetebral artery(showing the I.V. as my tree in the hospital keeping me alive)...could all be in the gallery.
Maybe the architects - BKSK who built the "green" visitors' building or one of them would be interested to work with me on "Elation".
My next step is to write a proposal for The Queens Botanical Gardens. The vision is so much clearer now! I will try to get a precise sketch to photograph and put it up on this blog.