Sunshine Project

Last winter was just awful. Between December 2013 and March 2014, not only was the weather so harsh as to be threatening, my health took its deep dive and a lot of things unraveled.

I have spent a lot of time getting ready for this winter and working out ways to erase the bad memories and fears.

I noticed that the time period I was worried about coincided almost exactly with the winter solstice to the vernal equinox – winter to spring. That struck me as very interesting – the kind of thing that makes you wonder if there is some pattern you ought to be seeing.

What it made me think of was sunshine – the shortest day in December, the least amount of light – and the slow lengthening of the days letting in more light, little by little.

I made a large group of clay disks, “sunshines”, I called them. I plan to set one out somewhere along my travels, one each day. Anywhere. I hope people will come along and pick them up and take them home, keep them in their pockets, put them on their desks at work. And what this will do for me is remind me that each day – we are getting through the dark winter, closer to the light!

I’m going to try to take a picture each day and I’ll post the result.

I’ll be starting on – December 21!

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About Claudia McGill

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99 responses to “Sunshine Project

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  42. I LOVE this idea, Claudia! It’s like happiness bombing and a random act of kindness and bringing art into everyone’s lives. What a great idea.

    • It did more for me than I could have hoped (if you read the first post announcing it you will understand why I embarked on this process). Very meaningful. And, I saw some places I would have otherwise overlooked. I don’t want to repeat the project this winter – some things just need to be done once and remembered. But I hope to find another “pilgrimage” idea for this winter. I still have a lot of trouble maintaining equilibrium and winter pushes me. So I’m tossing some ideas around in my head, I’ll see what happens! But I did love the structure of it, and I think it helped my writing, too. It was just fun, overall, too.

      • I did read your initial post on the topic too. I too find the winters hard here because I am not used to so much snow. However, I actually find my mood and energy are much better here than back home in Scotland. I think that is largely because of light levels. Back home there was very little daylight for months but here I love that there are blue skies even when there is several feet of snow on the ground. The idea of doing something uplifting to get you through a trying time, however, is something I can identify with. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for this winter.

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