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62 My friend, artist Carol Haerer, invited me to join her for a tour of Peru, starting in Lima and then hiking from Cusco to Machu Picchu. We hiked for five days to get to Machu Picchu, and en route encountered a Quechua home that was having a ceremony. They generously invited us to join them for the evening, sitting on the earthen floors, surrounded by flowers and images, offering drinks of alcohol and gesturing to us as our guide translated what was being said. We arrived at Machu Picchu in another day or two. The stone walls of Machu Picchu were carved to exactly echo the near-by mountain formations, a brilliant construction format, and further, Machu Picchu was spread across the steep top of the mountain. This site made an indelible impression on me, revealing how conscientiously the indigenous people respected the earth that surrounded them. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT LOWELL. My course of travel continued: in 1989, I had a residency in the Dominican Republic affiliated with the Parson’s School of Design, where I discovered the remarkable pre-Columbian Taíno triangular stone carvings, the exquisite landscape of the area and merengue dancing for hours in the evenings. I made paintings there with lots of acrylic wash. r Pathway 3 p Plural Pathway 4, 2013 Graphite milk plaster pastel paper on cardboard