Friday, June 3, 2011

Day one of site

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The first work day now seems ages ago since we have now put up the walls that started as the little stubs you see below. The master mason, pictured below, oversees the meticulous placement of the stones with a system that confirms that each stone is properly placed. There are 8 exterior walls surrounding this base and eight smaller interior walls surrounding the grave, or portal, in the center made of glass with the intent that you can look in to see a dark pit to remember the ancestors who have been buried here yet also reflect into the sky to look forward to the future. The Namje villagers quickly taught the students how to lay the stones, mix and pour the concrete into the stones so that the walls were half way built by the end of the day.
Local women deliver the stones via basket.
The surrounding villages.
The grave.