"PAZ" was the message of peace projected on the salt piles during the first week of January, part of Harvard Design School grad student Dan Adams's Chelsea Projections project "to reflect many of the Hispanic population of Chelsea's Christmas celebration of the Three Kings' arrival." (Dan Adams photo). Dan's just back from visiting the salt mines in Ireland. Can't wait to read and hear about his findings.
We spoke by phone with Boston Globe writer Katheleen Conti yesterday about our feelings towards Eastern Minerals' salt piles. We're into finding beauty in unexpected places, of course, and a working waterfront like the one across the street is a motherlode of productive activity and magical light effects and such throughout the seasons, grist for our photographic eye and politically philosophical tongue. But we had a horrible feeling -- paranoia can occur at any time, especially when dealing with the MSM -- that Katheleen Conti had already spoken with and been spun by the permanently angry folk of the Chelsea Green Space and Recreation Committee, who "demand" that Eastern Minerals "find an alternative site for the salt" and "any remaining salt be covered with a solid structure, as required by state law."
As we've written before, the head lady at Chelsea Green Space, City Councilor Roseann Bongiovanni -- with whom we had worked a couple of years back on a salt-marsh restoration project over on the other side of town -- has always dismissed our feelings about the salt piles as they don't fit her p.c. agenda. Katheleen Conti's Globe article comes out Thursday. We'll just have to wait and see (hope she gets a chance to talk to Dan before they go to press).