Arizona Rock Shrine for my Father is moving to Bisbee Arizona from San Francisco California in July 2011   Leave a comment

If you are ever in Bisbee, Arizona, I invite you to go to the art piece: “Arizona, Rock Shrine for my Father”. You can choose to leave a rock or not, but if possible please take a picture and send it to me. I will post it here along with your name.

Bisbee has many public stairs and the stairs you need to use are located on the corner of Mayer and Garden Avenues.  These directions could change as I am not yet in Bisbee and am directing from memory.  I will repost them if there are any changes. It is best to go during the day light hours, because you will have to walk on steep desert floor to get to the rock shrine.  This shrine is on private property and has permission of the owners, (if anyone asks), but try not to disturb anyone in the houses.

This is a shrine, so walk quietly watching where you walk, as there is a lot of life on the desert floor that can be sharp and pointy.  You should wear boots, but of course sometimes this is not possible, so go see it even if you are wearing tennis shoes, it is doable.  Walk to the end of the stairs, loop up and you will see there is a break in the stair case, walk to the break, look right and about 15 feet, you will find the rock shrine next to Billy’s head stone, under the live oak trees. Was Billy a pet? I am not sure.

When my father was dying 2005/2006 I spent a lot of time with him in Arizona where he lived for his grown life.  While we were hanging out, going to this appointment and that appointment, I told him I would build a “Rock Shrine” for him when he died, assuming I had time and it would be many years later.  Only months later, nearer to his death in May 2006 he reminded me he still wanted the Rock Shrine.  I collected rocks from Arizona while my dad was still alive and spent time researching the adobe.  Soon after he died, I made a California adobe, from my backyard soil. I used chicken wire as the frame and added rocks on top of my homemade adobe. I took my idea of a shrine from the Kiva ovens used by the Natives in Arizona and New Mexico. I built the rock shrine, leaving an opening at the top, like the ovens, so that the candle smoke could escape. Although, the first “Arizona Rock Shrine for My Father”, built in San francsico, California,  has a spot for a candle, this second, Bisbee Arizona incarnation, will be altered to catch water or direct water to be caught.

June 26th, 2011


Posted July 5, 2011 by sarahdorrance in Art, My Dad

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