Project 21, also known as Saunter Home, derives its name from the verb “to saunter” or to walk in a way that elicits spiritual reflection and connection. Saunter Home serves as the nexus from which Irwin builds a community. It has hosted an eclectic series of events, such as poetry readings, music performances, and art salons, all with the intent of bringing people together and starting conversations. His commitment to community extends to volunteering at the Way Station, and to producing a publication, Terra’s Quarterly: Culture, Architecture, Art & Business in Joshua Tree, CA, sharing thoughtful discussions pertaining to our distinct locality. The quarterly “was driven by wanting to give back…and to share my knowledge of what’s happening in Joshua Tree, what’s happened culturally, from a migration standpoint, a business standpoint, a creative standpoint. I wanted to share this, so I created the quarterly.”
The unmistakable underlying theme of all Irwin’s projects and endeavors is a wholehearted mindfulness, a heartfelt gratitude, a tender respectfulness for the beauties of nature and for the boundless realm of human connection. As he tells it, “It’s important to be as clear a channel as possible for the work to come through you, right? Because dreams don’t come true. Dreams come through.” The stories he tells, the places he designs, the people he connects, the curiosity he brings to life in the high desert, are reflected in his work.
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Photos courtesy of Terra Projects.