Saturday, July 31, 2010

If It Speaks To You ...


You should listen.

And follow in the direction it leads ...

If you walk away ...

And find yourself coming back around to that which is calling ...


Take a closer look and ask yourself ... If I let this go, will I spend days, weeks, maybe even months and years lamenting that I passed it by?


I've walked away from art that spoke to me before and the voices of those pieces haunt me still. In the case of this Doug Sargent sculpture, discovered at Urban Roots Community Garden Center in Buffalo, I listened. Doug creates his sculptures from recycled materials: the slate top of this "Table With Legs" was once a blackboard in Buffalo public schools. I am so very glad that I listened to the voice within telling me that this sculpture belonged with me. And I am even more grateful to Doug for all that he did to get it from Buffalo to my corner of Katy. His careful crating ensured that it made it to me intact.

I set the Staghorn Fern on top because I wanted something there and that fit. I'm not wild about it, though. I'm seeing some kind of ornamental grass or spiky succulent. The table is currently placed in the courtyard but I'm not welded to leaving it there. If I find a better spot, even inside, then I'll move it. (Which statement caused me to roll my chair over to size up a nearby wall ...) I'm not sure my courtyard is worthy of the sculpture ... perhaps if I clean the bricks and place some container plantings around it, I'll be happier with it there. Maybe the wall needs to be painted ... what I'd really like to do is create a mosaic/found object wall similar to that of Jill Nokes in Austin (a tiny portion of the wall is visible behind her in the picture on her website). To heck with resale values ... I'll be in this house long enough to make it well worth my while!

Whatever I do or wherever I place "Table with Legs", it will remind me of my trip to Buffalo and the wonderful people of that city. I must repeat my heartfelt thanks to Doug and say that I don't believe this will be the only piece of his work to find its way to my corner of Katy.

10 comments:

gardeningasylum said...

Lovelovelove it - glad you listened, glad you shared!

Elizabeth Barrow said...

I love it too and I agree completely! I've regretting ignoring talking art before, too. Congratulations on the wonderful addition to your lovely space!

David & family said...

Wonderful! It's a great piece of art. And the amazing part is that you can change the art each time you put a spikey plant, wooshy grass, or whatever on top.
You did good. Reminds me of our world famous Menil Collection artwork.

David (Tropical Texana/ Houston)
P.S. It was HOT today, wasn't it?

Cindy, MCOK said...

Cyndy, I do feel like the pictures don't do it justice ... it looks better in the space than they show. When I add some furniture and wall art, I'll do an updated post on it.

Elizabeth, ah, a kindred spirit who knows what I mean!

David, wow, the Menil? I will pass that comment on to Doug! Re the heat, I was surprised that I was able to stay out in it as long as I did! More on that in Sunday's post.

gardenjunkiesblog.com said...

I'm so glad it finally arrived - and in one piece!!! It's looks just as good as when we first saw it in Buffalo. I guess it 'spoke' to you louder than it did to me, although I also heard it loud and clear :-) What a wonderful piece of art!

ledgeandgardens said...

I love it.

JCharlier said...

I never even saw that at Urban Roots! It looks great. I was over at Urban Roots this morning and mentioned you had posted about the sculpture being set up. They're very happy that it spoke to you also!

Cindy, MCOK said...

Monica, I can't say enough about how well Doug Sargent packed this for shipping. He really went out of his way to crate it carefully.

Layanee, isn't it great?

Jim, I smile every time I see this in my courtyard. Tell the Urban Roots folks I appreciate their helping get it to me, too!

Helen @ Gardening With Confidence said...

Way to Go MCOK, perfect piece, perfect post. I'm loving my Doug piece too.

EAL said...

I love it with the fern! Wonderful that you were able to bring home such a substantial
memento of Buff. xx