Statement intro by artist Kim Abeles
The Scenic Overlook through Stocker Corridor segment of Park to Playa includes its easterly starting point at Presidio Drive. I decided to begin there, and walk the 13-mile regional trail, photographing along the way. I wanted to know what it would be like to traverse the landscapes to the ocean and how people use these connected trails. The variety is impressive. People engage with the trails in a myriad of ways – walking with a friend or children, jogging to prepare for a marathon, bicycling, sketching, picnicking in adjacent parks – and what comes to mind is the humanity of our aspirations.
This artwork addresses the scope of the entire Park to Playa by tapping into the beauty of this journey and includes depiction of the trail’s route. I am using the form of the “seed” as the poetic beginning of growth, journeys, and the importance of this trail.