Recover, the 18th annual Burning Basket, starts to burn on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Recover, the 18th annual Burning Basket, starts to burn on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Burning Basket construction starts on Labor Day

The 19th annual Homer Burning Basket 2022 will be held Sept. 11 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. This year’s title is “BREATHE – Basket of Remembrance & Unburdening.”

A community interactive, impermanent art experience, build week is noon to 5 p.m. daily, Sept. 5 to 10, at the site at Mariner Park. Mavis Muller is the lead artist/organizer.

Join in the creating of a large, 10-foot by 15-foot, intricately woven basket sculpture using locally gathered natural material such as alder, spruce, wild grass, nettle and fireweed at Mariner Park. The public is invited to help.

On Sept. 11 the basket sculpture is available for public participation by way of decorating it with provided materials and written messages, by memorializing departed loved ones, and by tucking personal sentiments inside in the theme of releasing and letting go.

At sundown a torch is lit and the basket will be ignited and burned to symbolically disperse the collective positive intentions in a performance of fire-art. There will also be a performance of drumming and fire spinning.

Near the basket sculpture will be a separate interactive art installation ground design of a circular walking path created by students of Fireweed Academy elementary school.

This is a no alcohol, no dogs event, and free to the public.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/BurningBasketProject.

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