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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Visit With Art of Stone

As anyone who knows my garden knows, I love stone. Two gardening buds, Martha and Sylvia, know my garden, so on a recent Sunday they introduced me to a stone man's art in a nearby town.

The stone man wasn't around, but his art spoke volumes. Here's some of it ( I don't know if he has titled these pieces; the names are mine):


Woodshed
Wheel
Bench
Stonehenge becoming

As we were about to leave, I spotted some bricks in a random pile of assorted materials – old, interestingly shaped bricks worthy of collecting, I thought."If you want them, let's load them up," said Sylvia, who knows the artist and clearly knows her way around his "gallery." Back home, I admired the bricks for more than a week before deciding how I would use them in the garden. Here's what I did:


This arrangement is on the mossy area on the back side of the house, near the little pond with the bamboo fountain and the stack of cobblestones.



After asking Sylvia to check my cost for the bricks, I've heard nothing, which may mean these bricks are worth more to me than to the stone man.

 I hope to visit again when he's home. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy the treasure that he just may have considered trash.

12 comments:

  1. It appears to me that you have picked a beautiful flower for your garden. One that you don't have to worry about. It doesn't need supplemental watering, fertilizer and won't be attacked by pests...unless there are some unruly dogs or bears in the area. The artist does have a way with stone. His bird is the one I admired, wouldn't you know.

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    1. Definitely low maintenance, something that is welcome after the summer of summers. Not surprising, your bird admiration. It *is* a beauty.

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  2. What a nice treasure, Lee! I think it nicely compliments the area in which you've placed it. Have you named your new stone work?

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    1. 'Preciate that, Beth. I haven't named it, but it's a good question, as I've given to naming. For example, the cobblestone stack is "Machu Picchu."

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  3. I share your love of stone, Lee, and totally understand your thrill at witnessing the work of a true stone artist. I have a flat stone shaped like a person's profile. I'm still trying to find the best place to display it. Your brick creation reminds me of a windmill; love the contrast of the bricks/stone on moss.

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    1. Thank you, Joene; that contrast is part of stone's (and brick's) appeal, providing counterpoint to just about any other surface or material. And your profile stone is one of those unique surprises nature creates with stone – another example of why we love it. How interesting it would be to have your human face stone and my Snoopy face stone in one place.

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  4. Hey Lee,

    Beautiful stone work. Knowing how much you love stone you surely enjoyed the visit with the artist's creations. Your design with the bricks certainly is a neat addition to the moss. I've seen bricks made with the holes. Do you know the reason?

    Tell me---is that Begonia grandis in all its lushness and full of pink flowers growing by the bamboo fountain?

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    1. 'Preciate that, Barbara. I don't know about the holes, but I like them. Also, I like the shapes.

      Absolutely correct on the begonia. You'd know it anywhere, as it came from your orchid greenhouse floor where I believe it had naturalized. Those pieces you sent me have spread mightily in my garden, and I've given starts to countless gardeners in Connecticut.

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  5. Fascinating! I am always amazed at the creativity of people who work with stone. Even a simple stacked wall is art, and certainly this stoneman is an artist with his elegant forms. What a treat to visit (and get some cool bricks too)

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    1. That place is an art gallery, Laurrie. Any stone lover could get lost in the richness.

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  6. Hi Lee. Really beautiful stonework -- and I like how you incorporated your stone treasure into your garden. It all looks so peaceful.

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    1. 'Preciate that, Kevin. Seeing the stone man's art sure makes me want one of his large creations in my space. Until then, the bricks will have to do. Cheers.

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