August 8, 2017
The Wind River Eclipse is already a mystical experience coming to Wyoming’s Wind River Country, but it’s about to become a little more difficult to comprehend—a little more magical.
Eames Demetrios has been hard at work in a corner of the town of Shoshoni, Wyo., which is situated in the heart of the Great American Eclipse. He is building an installation of his global storytelling experience, Kcymaerxthaere.
The story of Kcymaerxthaere is of a parallel universe; the experience of Kcymaerxthaere is physically encountering the “historical markers” Demetrios places in our physical world reflecting the history of his mythical world.
In the case of Shoshoni, Demetrios is not only creating physical evidence of astronomers with extremely powerful vision from Kcymaerxthaere. He’s also building an enduring marker of the Aug. 21 Great American Eclipse.
“It will be one of few physical memorials from the eclipse, kind of a nice monument,” he said.
The resulting marker will be a shadow caster, Demetrios explained. He and his team will drive stakes into the ground marking first contact, the beginning and end of totality, and final contact. Over those stakes, he will install a bench with the names of his crew—including many from the community of Shoshoni—inscribed in it.
“It’s a story I’ve written, but I can’t do these things alone,” he said, expressing gratitude to the residents for construction work, support, and no shortage of milkshakes.
Shoshoni—and Demetrios’ site—will also be excellent viewing locations for the Wind River Eclipse at 11:39 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. The site is located near the intersection of Oregon and Third Streets, on what would be the continuation of Third Street.