Late last May, I painted at Malibu Lagoon with my friend, the amazing artist Cathey Cadieux. The Lagoon was scheduled, just days later, to be bulldozed and then resculpted into a form that theoretically will allow for a more free flow of tidal water throughout the estuary. There was a great deal of push back from environmental factions in the community, but the “remodel” went on as scheduled.
That day, we painted from a board bridge that no longer exists, over an arm of the estuary in which fish were jumping and herons were hunting, and mother ducks were shepherding their broods among the rushes…. which also no longer exists. I hope that the “new and improved” Lagoon will be even more beautiful, welcoming, inspiring, fecund…. but on that golden, bittersweet evening, it didn’t seem that anything could be.