Nocturnal Animals / Janus .
Artist Andres Payan touched volcanic rocks as he moved them from one circle to an adjacent circle at the foot of the east end of Flat Top Mesa. The two circles are a stopping point of duality and reflection – the lava rocks handpicked from the surrounding land of the Jemez Homestead parcel filling one circle, and the lone grains of desert sand remaining in the other circle. Desert critters leave footprints on the sand marking passage and transition. Janus presides in the nod to duality of the re-arranged rockscape. This “land re-arrangement” is both a physical and metaphoric gateway to the open space of the Black Lava Butte and Flat Top Mesa Unit of the Sand to Snow National Monument. This is a unique area where two large volcanic buttes or mesas rise above the desert floor concealing a hidden valley between them that consists of large, sculpted, granite boulder piles. The Serrano people, the inhabitants of this area 2500 year ago, considered this a sacred place and called it Ate’ivyat which means “rocky place”. The neighboring enclosures of rock and sand are a good beginning point, a door way , to embark on the exploration of this special place. . .
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