Proposal for the trail along Fresh Pond's Parkway
Chu Teh-I was born in Korea, where he lived until the age of 18. His parents
were Chinese immigrants, which provided him with a unique view of two very
different Asian cultures.
Unlike in other cultures, where to move a stone is a symbol of a mysterious
power (through which a wish is granted, in Korea, if a person moves stones
from the road that they are walking on, that person will relieve the pain from
their body. Thus, Koreans move stones aside, pile them together, which encourages
others to do the same thing, relieving their pain and making the road easier
to walk along. Belief helps engender change. Hence, Chu Teh-I proposes making
temporary stone piles, which can be changed any time by any viewer as a message
to the community: For a community to improve its environment, people have to
have a way to do something together and to interact with one another.