Between a Rock and an Avant-Garde Place

When my friend Martha and I went on the fall tour of historic homes in a nearby small town,  one home wasn’t historic at all–but it turned out to be the most fascinating.  We almost skipped it.  We were soaking wet, it was still raining, and this part of the tour was mostly outside, to see the homeowners’ art collection.  It was the last place on the list and we were pooped.

The family home is set well back in a wooded area off a quiet road.  The owner is a sculptor whose work has received international acclaim.  We knew we’d found the right house when we came upon the roadside newspaper and mail boxes.  (Click on any photo to make larger.)

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There was a gate, of course…

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and a nearby sentry made of  scrap metals and repurposed junk, like the tractor seat.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A dog and cat stood on either side of the front walkway and beyond the walk, an old parking meter marked a graveled spot.

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Dozens… maybe hundreds… of his sculptures are featured throughout the property.  None of the large rocks, like the one beside the meter, were original to the site.

Art works inside the house hung from the very high ceilings, over some of the windows,  on the walls.  Mantel, floor, tables, and ‘most every available surface held more treasures.  Some of the collection was the work of other artists, but most was done by the homeowner.

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The hearth room in the center of the house had minimal furnishings and maximum art displays. Many were whimsical in nature, like the fish “skeleton” over the mantel.

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Dining Room Table
He made the dining room table
Patio table.
…and the patio table.

A larger-than-life horse had once been a pile of old gears, washers, bicycle chains, wrenches, and other scrap metals.

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Woman waving pink ribbon.
Woman waving pink ribbon in front of a giant sunflower in a blue pot.

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An outbuilding held a huge, kidney-shaped pit for skateboarders, including the couple’s teenage son.   On weekends they open it for others to enjoy.

Half of the skateboard room.
Half of the skateboard room.

Remember, every boulder was hauled in and carefully placed–dozens and dozens.

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I have dozens more pictures of sculptures; arbors to zebras.  So many unexpected surprises–like this guy on the upstairs balcony:

Statue off upper balcony.  Swim trunks and winter scarf.
Swim trunks and winter scarf.

Meanwhile, back inside the house. . .  remember the woman in the hearth room, sitting there looking at the Christmas tree?

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I’d walked right past without even realizing that she wasn’t real.

I remember thinking that her outfit seemed a little casual.

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Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

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8 thoughts on “Between a Rock and an Avant-Garde Place

  1. NCMountainwoman

    I LOVE IT!!! I do so admire people who surround themselves by art that they love, not things a designer says they should love. What a treat to see all this.

  2. Arkansas Patti

    Amazing works. Lots I would love to have, some kind of scary. Kind of like the guy in the trunks.

  3. Beautiful! That artist not only has a lot of imagination but also a lot of energy! She/He must be very busy – and they are all attractive.

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