This project is one aspect of a much larger, roughly 15,000-acre development and land conservation initiative called the Galisteo Basin Preserve(GBP). It’s a fascinating story and more information is available here:https://www.galisteobasinpreserve.com/.A “green” cemetery differs from traditional cemeteries in that it is based on the principle of land conservation. Instead of traditional burial practices, the deceased quite literally return to the earth. Above ground, the land remains essentially in its natural (or restored) state. Although this is a relatively new concept in the United States it is increasingly becoming the preferred choice among environmentally conscious individuals and families. If you’re interested in learning more, here is detailed information:https://www.greenburialcouncil.org/.Since 2004,I’ve designed a number of different projects for the GBP both as a Sculptor and Architect. The Green Cemetery project is the most recent and in addition to the cemetery, includes an amphitheater, formal garden/sculpture space, a ceremonial or gathering building as well as landscaping, parking and other utilitarian aspects. The initial design phase began in2013 and we are now into design development as we finalize land planning with the County. The scale and natural beauty of the Galisteo Basin is breathtaking both in the landscape and the clear New Mexico sky above. The Earth-Sky connection and celestially-based design has been a significant part of most of the projects I’ve designed for the GBP including the Green Cemetery. As this project continues to develop, I will post more drawings and images.