Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sand bagged Vientiane
While we were gone, everyone in Vientiane worked to sandbag the levee, which runs about 12 kms. along the Mekong.
It reminded me a lot of a Christo art work, 'running fence.' I never appreciated the installation until I saw the movie - so much of the art involved the politics of talking with people and city councils and getting people not only to approve the project, but to participate. So this sandbagging effort in Vientiane reminded me of the work that went into the installation.
People used different techniques and varying amounts of care to construct their fences.
When I returned to my village, my house was dry. Although it's close to Khao Liew, where the levee stops, we didn't get wet.