Memory’s Vault

Photo of Memory's Vault in Port Townsend's Fort Worden
Memory's Vault in Fort Worden

Memory’s Vault is off the beaten path in Fort Worden. The main entry side of the sculpture area has a series of concrete posts with haunting poems written on them, most of which are reminders of our own temporary nature here on earth. The sculpture is by Richard Turner and poetry by Sam Hamill commemorating. The poems are also collected in Hamill’s book Destination Zero and center around Fort Worden State Park itself, and on its transformation from a military base to a place of peace and recreation.

One of the pillars in the exhibit says:

A note at the bottom of one of the introduction pillar notes:

Washington State Arts Commission
In Partnership with
Washington State Department of Corrections
State Parks and Recreation Commission

Funding was provided through
Art in Public Places Program
Washington State Arts Commission

Built by Fabricatioin Specialties
with assistance from inmates of the
Clallam Bay Corrections Center

The sculpture is by Richard Turner and poetry by Sam Hamill.

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