Kiechle, Thomas – Blue Bay Spirit Box
Story of the Box
THIS BOX WAS MADE TO KEEP GOOD SPIRITS of the Tomales Bay easy to access.
Some would say it also keeps evil spirits at bay. But I would prefer to see it as a way to stay close in touch with the blue bay spirits.
The wood and the redwood tree bark are from local places. The bark is from the Green Gulch Zen Center near Muir Beach. The wood was collected from grift wood found around the Tomales Bay area while on walks. The Box was supplied by the Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station.
This box was designed and fabricated constructed by Thomas A. Kiechle who has an art name of
T.A.KIEHLE. The name is pronounced many different ways by many different people. For the sake of ease, I say it “KEY-KLEE “
The blue glass came from The Stained Glass Garden in Berkeley Ca.( also the mirrors).
The glue that was used was aliphatic resin glue for the wood and caulking for the glass from PRS Building Supply.
The sea shells were glued with caulking as well.. The sea shells were also collected from the Tomales Bay Area. Abalone from the mouth of the bay’s shark breeding area, and the oyster shells from the bay beaches. The larger oyster shell was from Johnson’s Oyster Farm and kept in my yard garden for thirty years. Many of these larger oyster shells are found all along the bay carried there by pic-nic-ers.
Feel the spirits of the bay by walking along bay shores different times of the day and night.
Thomas; as T.A.KIECHLE 2021 Box Show guest artist.