Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Created & Found Art- Overview

Created and Found Art

There are many ways to use art in the garden.  Make it a focal point, a hidden to-be-discovered- object of interest, a whimsical piece or “folly”, a meditative construct, on and on.  Gardens at Waters East  (GAWE) contains and showcases many different pieces of enjoyed art.

The art can be a hand crafted piece or a found object enjoyed by the gardener.  Place it where it will receive the “honor” you think it deserves.  Place it where it makes the statement your want visitors to “hear”.

 Japanese Lantern in Asian Garden

Your garden is your gallery.  You are an artist.
Objets d’ Art - -  acquired or self created have a place in that gallery.

In the Gardens at Waters East,  the following are some of the “art” placed in and around the garden.  In this posting only a couple of the objects are being “reposted” since most have already been seen in the past, or will be in upcoming entries.  Check out the archives for this Blog and you will see many of them from the past months.

Torso known as "Blade"

Blue Bottle & Stainless Steel Tree

Blue Bottle Tree
Gazing Balls
Hand crafted steel sculpture – “1000 cranes”
Blade Torso
Triptych Sculpture
Port Hole Glass,  from the “Straits of Mackinac”
Kaleidoscope living planter

Ship Ribs from 1800s

Triptych steel sculpture on Antique Pillar

Port Holes from Ferry -  "Straits of Mackinac"

Found and Acquired:
Two different ship ribs salvaged from mid-nineteenth century schooners.
The chain on the ribs is from a ship once owned by Aristotle Onassis.
Viewing Stone
Driftwood  (some over 12 feet long)  from Lake Michigan
Large “olive” jar & bench
Buddha head
Lanterns with candles
Hand carve granite Japanese lantern
Many large stone  pots
Antique stone pillar from a home in Chicago
Salvaged gravestone – birth 1788 death -1861
Hand carved stone weight for water buffalo form Thailand
Blue Koi,  raku fish sculpture by Tyson Weiss, of Falmouth, Maine
Hand blown Blue Glass Pendant sculptures, from Mundo de Cristal,
Puerto Vallarata, Mexico

A Garden Cairns

The point is:  make your garden you with the things you treasure.
Treat the garden rooms like rooms in your home showcasing your collected art.

Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design used here and throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010.

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  1. I'm surprised. I hadn't expected these. The torso is surreal.


  2. I love your makes a statement as to who you are....I have collected my own art and sometimes flea market finds to decorate my garden...

  3. My favorite of your garden art must be the port holes but you sure do have some great art. I do like the cairns a lot. Not sure why I don't have one. Maybe I could borrow your idea? Now to find a spot...

    The impressionist photos were cool. I think digital photography is the best.