- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PALMER, Alaska (AP) - After a historic lodge in Hatcher Pass near Palmer burned down in April, its owner thought she would have to say goodbye. But now an artist wants to use the remains as part of a project.

Artist Cole Robbins has asked Jill Reese for permission to use some of the rubble from the Motherlode Lodge for art pieces, according to KTUU-TV (https://bit.ly/1E2zLAb ).

“For me to write a proposal and then for Jill to accept it and then us over coffee become friends and sharing something like this is intense,” said Robbins. “It’s a lot, I mean I have chills just experiencing it with her and I have no history with this site.”

Robbins said she isn’t sure what exactly she is making yet, but that she plans to create a piece to sit at the site of the lodge.

“It’s going to be so meaningful to see her work and to see what she does with it so I’m very grateful,” said Reese.

The Motherlode Lodge burned down in April after firefighters were unable to reach the blaze since it was outside the fire service area. Crews began clearing the rubble Friday in preparation to repave the property to open land.

Reese owned the lodge for more than 20 years and said watching excavators haul away the remains has been hard.

“It’s a little like burying someone so it’s been an emotional week,” Reese said. “It’s like a band aide you just have to pull off, you don’t want to but you know it’s necessary.”

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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