December 2014
Veterans Memorial Park
Forest Avenue, near Lake Shore Drive
Mt. Vernon, Illinois
N38.304739 W088.923542

A stalagmite is a natural stone tower built of minerals deposited by slowly dripping water on the floor of a cave. Here, more than 20 “stalagmite” cairns, assembled from glass found in Mt. Vernon’s Rescue Mission store and area antique malls, stand in a shallow, manmade cave. This is the spillway in Veterans Memorial Park where the lake overflows into an unnamed tributary of the Casey Fork river. Stalagmites remind us that in our civic life, as in nature, things happen as a result of many small actions that accumulate over time. So, although individual actions, such as installing a rain barrel or picking up pet waste, won’t change the world, many people taking similar actions will.