Installation in Great Neck Arts Center, NY


Branches, twine and laser photo prints

15" x 8" x 12'


Copyright 2012, John Day


A reliquary can be defined as a repository for

surviving traces of something, fragments, or

objects kept in remembrance.  The laser prints

hung in the installation are also relics -

photographs of roots, trees, branches, vines,

pools and streams, rocks and moss. The

photographs were collected on hikes during the

past 20 years in forest preserves throughout the



Reliquary is an installation where images from all

of these locations can be brought together in one

place - a gathering place for memories of the

forests. A place where viewers can contemplate

the relationship between the space they are

standing in and the natural world, where they can

recall their own wilderness experiences.

Reliquary is interactive - viewers were invited to

take one of the prints attached to the rear wall

and tie it to the installation anywhere they wished.





detail of Reliquary

detail of Reliquary

detail of Reliquary