Sink | Moses Lake, WA | 2013

About every six weeks I travel to Moses Lake, Washington, to stroll through the city’s Japanese garden, enjoy an art exhibit or two, and stare shamelessly into this hammered metal sink. It’s located in a public men’s room, but that has never stopped me from appropriating its coppery swirls for a peaceful moment of meditation. I’ve found that the sink’s depth and shape create the illusion of a bowl of light. The centered — and centering —drain provides a shiny focal point. And water transforms the illuminated patterns in ways that … OK, I’ll stop. It’s just a sink, right? But in the last decade, I’ve visited this metal basin maybe 75 times to wash my hands and, sometimes, scrub my mind.