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  • Ray Monde

Are we all going to die?

Yes, we are all going to die. The bigger question is, do we know how we are going to die?

According to the the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) the top 10 ways to die are:

  1. Heart Disease

  2. Cancer

  3. COVID-19

  4. Accidents

  5. Stroke

  6. Chronic lower respiratory diseases

  7. Alzheimer’s Disease

  8. Diabetes

  9. Influenza and pneumonia

  10. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (kidney trouble)

Do you notice what’s missing? There’s no nuclear oblivion, there’s no fungus zombie apocalypse, there’s no World War III. Why? Because the stats on how we are going to die are not predictive. They only tell us how we have died in the past, not how we might die tomorrow.

The Reckoning is here.

Which brings me to The Reckoning. The title for this art installation is based on the idea that we are all going to die. More importantly, we are all going to die and the world will get along just fine without us.

In this massive diorama, huge mountains dominate the landscape, waterfalls cascade down cliffs and tiny islands peek from Puget Sound.

The landforms dwarf us as we go about our lives – a reminder of our diminutive position in the Pacific North West. The artwork seeks to put into perspective our everyday concerns, encouraging a longer term view, nurturing and responding to the natural world around us.

There’s also a deep interplay between the stillness of the monolithic landforms and the constant movement of the Sound, reflecting our physical and emotional connection with the water.

In many ways, the art installation is a call to action to take care of the things we love around us, the natural environment, friends and family. It’s only when we care enough, that we’ll make it through.

The art installation ‘The Reckoning‘ is open 24 hours a day at 4019 21st Avenue W, Seattle near the Fishermen’s Terminal. It runs until 31 March 2023.

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