Western Stone Garden, by Michael Jacobsen (1978)

Jacobsen's "Western Stone Garden"

Western Stone Garden, Jacobsen (1978)

This placement of boulders with sections shaven off is one of my favorite examples of public art in Bellingham.

View Michael Jacobsen’s “Western Stone Garden” in Boulevard Park in south Bellingham.

My poem “Boulevard Park”, a merit award winning poem in the 2009 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, mentions this installation:

Jacobsen’s Western Stone Garden (with its
shaved boulders) echoes the islands ringing,
and beyond, the bay. Isabel Morca loved to
dance nearby; I imagine her flamenco at
water’s edge and see her dance – and those

boulders – as initial claims by beauty in
redeeming this land and this sea….”

Note: part of the City of Bellingham’s Public Art Project

Photo and excerpt of poem by Andrew Shattuck McBride

Read the complete poem “Boulevard Park” here.

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Blog is an exceptional resource for writers and readers in Bellingham and Whatcom County, Washington–and beyond. Follow the blog here.

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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