Anyone who has been by the Boatworks in the past few weeks has noticed big changes to the area. First, the town of Belmar trimmed, then removed the trunks of all the trees that had marked the northern edge of our parking area, the first step in the plan to repave this little corner of our town. Meanwhile, our mud mural was still standing, looking pretty much as it did in August.
But then about a week ago we had the first major change to the wall, it started to break away from the bundled bamboo stalks that form the main vertical support on the left side. However, despite that the weight of the whole wall is now being supported only on one end, the wall is still intact. No big chunks have fallen out, and while some bigger cracks have formed, all the 3D elements are still where we put them. Pretty amazing for a bunch of mud and sticks. We knew from the beginning that this would not be a permanent addition to our site, and documenting nature's reclaiming of the materials was always part of the project, but it has lasted a lot longer than we had expected.
We would love to see how this plays our over the next few weeks, but it looks like we won't have the opportunity. We've got word that this coming Monday whatever is left standing by then will be bulldozed to the ground. So if you want to make one last visit to see our cob wall, better get there soon.