FINISTERRE

A Place to Contemplate, Gather, Remember and Create

 
 

The four trees remain from the original design and are representative of the four winds, four cardinal points, four seasons, four elements.


Four is the number of the earth.

 

IN MEMORY OF GRÜNEWALD GUILD FOUNDER RICHARD CAEMMERER, HONORING CURRENT AND FUTURE GUILD MASTERS, AND PROVIDING A PLACE FOR REMEMBRANCE.

     The Finisterre design is based on a rough sketch penned by Guild Founder Richard Caemmerer in the early 2000’s. Richard envisioned an installation based on the unique artistry of Plain craftsman, Gary Espe, who constructs using the organic forms of steamed trees. The sketch stayed pinned to the wall of Gary’s studio for over 10 years. Upon Richard’s passing, he shared it with the Caemmerer family who in turn began to imagine how this project might come to life.

The end of the Pilgrimage RoAD, THE Edge of the world, The beginning of the wild unknown

L.iterally translated finisterre means the end of the earth. For those walking the Camino de Santiago (as Grünewald Guild travelers have done), Finisterre is known as the end of the pilgrimage road. In medieval times, this end point was considered the beginning of the “wild unknown.”


How apt a name for a contemplative space at river’s edge which seeks to remember fellow pilgrims on this art-faith journey with the Grünewald Guild.

SUPPORTING THE PROJECT

The project consists:

  1. installation of the steamed trees

  2. selection and placement of sitting rocks for gathering

  3. enhanced pathways

  4. new pathway lighting. 

Full cost of the project is estimated at $12,500. 

As of February 20, nearly $6,000 has been raised.

We are looking for financial support as well as skilled labor. 

To make a financial contribution:

  1. visit http://grunewaldguild.com/content/support-guild, enter an amount, click signup and follow intructions.  Include “MEMORIAL” in the comment box

  2. or call the Guild office at 509-763-3693

To contribute skilled labor

  1. contact director@grunewaldguild.com

  2. we are looking for:

  3. electrical work

  4. dirt work

  5. metal work

  6. general contracting support


Work is set to begin in the Spring of 2017. It is scheduled to be completed by the first weekend in June and will be dedicated during the Legacy Weekend, June 2-3.  For information on attending the dedication or being part of the Legacy Weekend, contact the Grünewald Guild office.

supporting the project

design elements, location and inspirations

origin of Finisterre

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The rocks were chosen to represent the current roster of Guild Masters: Richard Caemmerer,  Liz Caemmerer, Sandy Richardson, Sadao Watanabe, Alan Blackman, Mickey McGrath, Ruth Sinclair and Jean Tudor.

As the Guild honors new Masters over time, new rocks will be added to the installation in their names.

Set on the banks above the Wenatchee River, the site joins the Labyrinth and the Sculpture Garden as a place of contemplation and gathering. Lighting and path upgrades improve accessibility for all. 


Stunning views up and down the river valley, to Natapoc Mountain and to the heavens above honor the reason the Grunewald Guild landed in this valley 37 years ago.

LOCATION

THE SITTING ROCKS

FOUR TREES

DESIGN ELEMENTS and LOCATION

INSPIRATIONS

In addition to the sketch Richard discussed with Gary Espe, Richard’s earliest paintings as well as well as his work over the final two years had a clear connection to circles, as form, but also in landscapes and abstractions of trees circling lakes.  Some samples of his work below give evidence to his work and show and easy connection to the Finisterra project.

Richard’s Final painting, January 2016

Lake. 2015

The Front Yard, 2014

The Origin of the Name FINISTERRA