PORTLAND, MAINE

Some guidelines...

You will need headphones and an MP3-capable device. Click on each image to listen to the audio portion of the site. The complete packet of all tracks and a map with directions to each site is available for download by clicking the link below. 

What order you choose to visit these sites does not matter. It also does not matter if you visit all, a few, or just one. The only suggestions are...

a) please walk, if you are able, to, from, and between each site. 

b) as the participants travel to and from sites they practice something called "ear-cleaning," a simple process of intentional silence in order to recalibrate one's experience of the sounds of their environment. 

The whole walk takes about two hours.

1. Intersection of Cross and Free Streets

Please stand at the corner of Cross and Free Streets, facing towards Congress Street.

2. Union Street

Please stand at the service entrance driveway of the Hyatt Hotel facing the space between the TD Bank building and Lovell Hall*. 

3. Ocean Gateway Parking Garage

Please go to Level 7, taking the stairs if you are able. Please stand at the highest possible point of the roof-top level and face the city.

4. Eastern Promenade Midslope Trail

Please stand at the approximate midway point of the trail and face the ocean. 

5. Longfellow Square

Please sit on one of the benches facing away from Congress Street**. 

6. Western Cemetery

Please enter through the Front Gate by Clifford Street and Vaughan Street. Turn right and look for a flat rock under a large oak tree on a small hill. Please sit or stand under the tree and look out over the cemetery. 

Directions for the Whole Walk

Begin on Vaughan Street and visit the Western Cemetery site. Head across Vaughan Street towards Clifford Street. Turn left onto Thomas Street and then right onto Pine Street. Turn left onto State street and shortly thereafter, turn right onto Congress Street and look for the statue of Longfellow to find the Longfellow Square site. 

Head east on Congress Street toward Vernon Place. Take a slight right onto Free Street and continue on until the intersection of Free and Cross Streets. Visit the Cross and Free Streets site here. Turn right onto Temple Street and continue on to Union Street. Find the approximate center of Union street, standing across from and between the TD Bank building and Walter's restaurant. You are now at the Union Street site.

Head southeast on Union Street toward Fore Street. Turn left onto Fore Street and continue until you see the Ocean Gateway Parking Garage. Visit the site on the seventh level. Head northeast on Fore Street toward Hancock Street. Continue onto the Eastern Promenade and take a slight right onto Cutter Street. Turn left onto the Eastern Promenade Midslope Trail and stand in the approximate middle of the path to find the site. 

Suggested Site Pairings

West End Walk

1. Begin on Vaughan Street and visit the Western Cemetery site. 

2. Head across Vaughan Street towards Clifford Street. 

3. Turn left onto Thomas Street and then right onto Pine Street. 

4. Turn left onto State street and shortly thereafter, turn right onto Congress Street and look for the statue of Longfellow to find the Longfellow Square site. 


Old Port Walk

1. Begin on the intersection of Free Street and Cross Street (next to Arabica Coffee) to visit the site. 

2. Turn right onto Temple Street and continue on to Union Street. 

3. Find the approximate center of Union street, standing across from and between the TD Bank building and Walter's restaurant. You are now at the Union Street site.

East End Walk

1. Begin in front of the Ocean Gateway Parking Garage site. 

2. Head northeast on Fore Street toward Hancock Street. Continue onto the Eastern Promenade and take a slight right onto Cutter Street. 

3. Turn left onto the Eastern Promenade Midslope Trail and stand in the approximate middle of the path to find the site. 

*The phrase, "all new thinking is about loss," is from Robert Hass's poem Meditation at Lagunitas.

**The phrase, "the same memory issues from every spring" is from Gaston Bachelard's L'eau et les Rêves: Essai sur l'imagination de la matière.

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