Sleeping Woman (1992) 4 min. video

Commissioned by the Fairmount Park Art Association for public broadcast and shown in the National Video Festival, this is a poetic documentary about a mysterious text that appeared on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia in 1991. The text, entitled Sleeping Woman, was written by nationally known poet Stephen Berg and painted on the stone retaining wall beside the river by artist Tom Chimes. A meditation on death, nature, and language, the piece stretches for over 1100 feet along the river. The Ruins at Esku Killar Iva is a linked series of visual essays that consider the genesis of the work, the physical splendor of the piece, and the personal and cultural contexts of the projec