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Continuum, Continued

November 23rd, 2020 | 4 Comments »

Over the last few weeks, while the weather was remarkably kind, I’ve continued to work on an extension to Timelines, the trail that explores ideas about memory, history and our relationship to the land. I wrote about the initial work on Continuum in my last blog post, almost a month ago.  Since then, lots has happened.

We added a wonderful tree trunk bench alongside the stream, right next to the old lid from a sap bucket that was used, who knows how many years ago, when maple syrup was being made at Orin’s Sugarcamp. (There are multiple posts about this installation, another part of Timelines. You can read about it here and here.


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I gathered remnants of that maple syrup-making operation found along the trail and arranged them in a haphazard way next to the newly-chipped path.


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At the top of a rise in the open field, we erected Tree Square, a new, very simple sculpture that shows the squared-off heart of a tree trunk, surrounded by the side pieces that were removed.


The raw wood will turn grey over the winter, allowing it to blend in even while standing out.
The raw wood will turn grey over the winter, allowing it to blend in even while standing out.


We removed brush that was hiding some of the ancient trees along the wooded part of the trail, like these two Elders, one living, one dead.


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Simply trimming back the brush revealed more treasures, like this gorgeous stump and the ancient tree behind it.


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The trail now leads past an area where trees have been cut, leaving stumps as their only testament.


The area looks bleak, perhaps, but the stumps as well as the young trees that will be planted are all part of a process.
The area looks bleak now, but the stumps as well as the young trees that will be planted illustrate different times in an evolving process.


Rocks outlining the shape of maple seeds, or keys, or samaras, are now in place on the slope above the pool we dug this summer.


I need to tweak the shape but the idea is there.
I need to tweak the shape of one of the samaras but the idea is there.


I still need to drill the rocks that will sit at the bottom of the slope, near the water where a stick is now. Doing that is work for the winter months, when it is too cold and snow too deep to work outdoors.

On another front, the napkins I made for the newly-set dining room table on the China Terrace were fired by our local potter, Lucy Doheny. She showed me what to do (I wrote about that here) and then left me to it — and I’m thrilled with the results.


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I’m also working on a second extension to Timelines, to the area called Mythos  … but sharing that story will have to wait for another day!



Garden Plans: I’m Dreaming Again

March 27th, 2017 | 27 Comments »
Now that winter has dumped several feet of snow on a garden that was almost snow-free, I'm back by the fire, metaphorically at least, dreaming of the seasons ahead.   [caption id="attachment_5009" align="aligncenter" width="600"] I took this photo about ten days ago after a fresh snowfall. Today is grey. And maybe more snow will fall. I hope not.[/caption]   I'm dreaming about a trail that will lead around the property. I'm considering the route it will follow and what I will call it. I know the purpose of the trail -- it will connect art


Tree Rings

December 6th, 2015 | 14 Comments »
Tree Rings, my most recent sculpture, was installed at Glen Villa a few weeks ago. Making this sculpture has been more challenging technically and mentally than I anticipated. Certainly it has taken longer than I thought it would. The project began in September 2014 when the top of an old maple tree blew off during a heavy wind storm. [caption id="attachment_3144" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] The tree stood between the house and the garage, the flat-roofed building seen behind the tree.[/caption] Luckily, the tree fell away from the house, causing no damage and leaving


Stories in Stone

May 7th, 2015 | 4 Comments »
The cathedral in Ferrara, Italy was begun in 1135. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and to the city's patron saint, St George, it combines Romanesque and Gothic styles in a way I find extremely appealing. The façade is richly decorated -- and with a purpose. In the days when most people were illiterate, stories were told and lessons learned through carvings like the exceptionally well-preserved ones that cover the central portion of the cathedral's façade. [caption id="attachment_2159" align="aligncenter" width="2710"] The lower portion of the façade alternates bands of white and rose


In Transit / En Route: part 2

February 20th, 2013 | No Comments »
The In Transit / En Route trail starts at the edge of a field. with a sign that asks a rather odd question. Where are you? Où êtes-vous? As I wrote in my previous post (In Transit / En Route: the beginning), the words aren't easy to read. The letters are small and the words run together with no breaks. Once someone figures out the question, though, it usually makes them laugh. They make a joke, another person responds, and they laugh as they come up with different answers to this question that


In Transit / En Route: the beginning

February 13th, 2013 | No Comments »
In my post last week I mentioned In Transit / En Route and showed a photo of a clearing in the woods. Here's the photo again.                          In Transit/En Route: the sundial clearing in the woods   Do you see the red sign in the clearing? It is part of In Transit, or En Route in French, an installation I created in 2011. In Transit / En Route is not an installation you can see at a single glance. You have to take time to walk a trail that stretches about a kilometre through the woods. And you have to


Art in the Woods

February 6th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
People respond differently to the woods that are a big part of the landscape at Glen Villa It's hard to miss the difference. Some hike through the forest intent on getting someplace, noticing very little.  Others spy things I’ve never seen. The art installations I'm creating throughout the property generate widely different reactions. For some people, the installations are intrusive. Some find them intriguing, some are left indifferent. Only occasionally does someone responds strongly and immediately, finding the signs, words and thoughts as meaningful as I do. In Transit/En Route: the