A Return to Mother's Love
Artist and writer Daniel Helmstetter wrote a series of poems, short stories and prose around the universal feeling a mother's love. We created this project that sent out the stories via balloon, symbolically into the sky (reaching his mother) and connecting him to the very thread that bound him to mankind. Each ballon also had a note attached with contact information and instructions on how to send in the location the balloons reached. We documented the process and created the book, A Return to Mother's Love.
Book PDF available for download here.
"A Return To Mother's Love is a welcome home party for all those seeking reconnection with the nurturing and unconditional love a mother shares with her child. It is a celebration of the warmth, clarity, purpose, and wisdom of the womb. It is a warm hug with open arms for every mother's child. It is one child's expressions of growth endured, gratitude given, roads traveled, and lessons learned. It is a stepping stone in the evolution of a boy striving for balance and connection in a time of extremes and alienation. It is A Return To Mother's Love."
Throughout the book there's little surprises, including a collection of recipes from mothers across the country collected by Daniel.
There's something about letting go and watching it soar. There's something about watching it begin its journey, so free. There's something about that freedom - something that draws folks from all over the world to use balloon releases to mark special times in their lives.
From school children searching for pen pals, to folks at funerals releasing their pain of loved ones lost, to birthdays and celebrations beyond - there's just something so youthful and joyful about watching it rise.
Perhaps it's the feeling of being lifted up or letting go. Perhaps it's the hope that someone out there will find the note and prove that people really do care. Perhaps it's the dream of flying free and soaring to great heights. Maybe it's a way of remembering and a way of celebrating. Maybe it's just fun. Whatever it is, it seemed like the perfect way to celebrate these poems - to set them free in hopes of soaring free, uplifting each other and coming to a place of meaningful togetherness.