Jan Estep, Grand Canyon Suicide Map/Metta Meditation, Grand Canyon National Park, 2012, illustrated folded sheet map, two-sided, four-color, offset printed, 20″h x 39″w (unfolded), 10″h x 13″w (folded).
This illustrated map/poster documents the site-specific performative event Metta Meditation, Grand Canyon National Park and on the back the related topo map of all the known suicides in the Grand Canyon. The most popular sections of the canyon to end one’s life are along the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, which are also the areas most frequented by tourists. Ironically, or sadly, the same landscape that inspires awe and beauty is sometimes experienced in a state of despair and loneliness. In summer of 2011 I visited these accessible spots and offered metta or loving kindness meditation to those who had taken their lives there, offering the blessings to myself and others visiting the park as well, a private gesture made public. The printed map/poster includes photographs of the meditation that took place within the Park.