By Beth Seetch
Spray paint on tunnel ceiling and walls, 2016

The artwork titled Funeral by Beth Seetch on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton Cemetary features words spray painted on a tunnel ceiling and walls. The words are: Turn me in to water. Pour me from a great height into a bent-corner cedar box. May I overflow.

Appearing on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail from 2016-19, this work was inspired by wall poem projects in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Leiden, Netherlands. It mentions bent corner boxes, a technique in wood box-making that Seetch first became acquainted with on a trip to Oregon’s indigenous communities. The setting of the tunnel between the cemetery and the stream is well suited for these words. High school students in the Lafayette College Experience program installed the poem on the tunnel.

Originally from Chicago, Seetch lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. She is a writer, editor, poet, and book artist who collaborates with visual artists. She was awarded a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Literature Fellowship.