This has been such an amazing and rich arts residency that I was confiding to Director, Christian Veillet that it is hard to leave. I was honoured by all the people who opened their lives and discussed the passion with which they do their work. Everyone was extremely supportive, even if not really ‘getting it’ that an artist wished to make art about their lives and narratives. I have been invited back to present the finished art in the future and am keen to revisit this place and these people.
The final exhibition was a marvellous party, with a mixture of telescope staff who participated in the workshops, their family members and other LBT staff. I had two walls of my own explorations and two walls of the work produced by LBT staff and their families. Director Christian Veillet announced that 3 PM on Friday was the time for the big ‘reveal’ of the board room transformed into an art gallery. There were delicious nibbles, and nice things to drink and it was all great fun.
My final full day in Tucson was spent driving up to the telescope to show it to my husband, Martin. On the drive we experienced sunshine, hail, rain, rainbows over the dragoons and possibly the rare Mt. Graham red squirrel (between 8 and 9,000 feet).
I am most grateful to everyone who was supportive of me on this venture — for Christian for having the vision and trust to invite and be supportive of me on this residency and as well, the scientists, the engineers, the software specialists, the technicians, the accountants and everyone who told me about their part in this magnificent observatory: the Large Binocular Telescope. Thank you!