20
Oct
09

les objets dans le jardin — g(r)ay gardens

I’ve been dragging garden objects (rocks, shells, lanterns, statuary and the like) around for decades.  Sometimes there’s been a garden to put them in and other times not.   It’s a bit obsessive; rocks from Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota that have been in the ‘family’ for much longer than I care to admit — a result of my grandparent’s and my mother’s own obsessions.  Herewith a photo-journal of the current state of the objects (some, but by no means all) in the garden:

Purchased at an anitque store on Clark St. just north of Fullerton in Chicago, circa 1975.  White metal art nouveau, originally stood on a globe with stars shooting around it with a butterfly on her upraised hand.  It's been deteriorating for years now.

Purchased at an anitque store on Clark St. just north of Fullerton in Chicago, circa 1975. White metal art nouveau, originally stood on a globe with stars shooting around it with a butterfly on her upraised hand. It's been deteriorating for years now.

Cherubs always deconstruct themselves--like they have a 'use by' date.

Cherubs always deconstruct themselves--like they have a 'use by' date.

Menacing and erotic, completely at odds with their putative age.

Menacing and erotic, completely at odds with their putative age.

Keeps ships from breaking upon our rocky shoals (after the 'big one.')

Keeps ships from breaking upon our rocky shoals (after the 'big one.')

My mother, Biloxi, wrecking site of the early 20th century elementary school, strikes up a conversation with a workman.  Back at home a few weeks later a box arrives with the keystone from the building.  "He was such a nice man."

My mother, Biloxi, wrecking site of the early 20th century elementary school, strikes up a conversation with a workman. Back at home a few weeks later a box arrives with the keystone from the building. "He was such a nice man."

100 year old eggs anyone?

100 year old eggs anyone?

fountain

mossy pot

This quartz weighs about 75 lbs. and was hewn from a larger boulder that sat proudly on the front lawn of my grandparent's home in Gillette, Wyoming (grandpa a rockhound.)

This quartz weighs about 75 lbs. and was hewn from a larger boulder that sat proudly on the front lawn of my grandparent's home in Gillette, Wyoming (grandpa a rockhound.)

Remember the Maine.  Created from metal retrieved from the wreckage of the USS Maine, destroyed in Havanna harbor.

Remember the Maine. Created from metal retrieved from the wreckage of the USS Maine, destroyed in Havanna harbor.

shell and rock rack

Re-purposed maple syrup bucket.

Re-purposed maple syrup bucket.

My heart, an open vessel for your love, stands quietly by as light shines through, day and night, waiting, hoping, content.

My heart, an open vessel for your love, stands quietly by as light shines through, day and night, waiting, hoping, content.

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