Friday, September 4, 2009

Lost and Found in the Landscape

When I added these terracotta drainpipes to the front garden, my intent was to add a visual barrier from the sidewalk to my small front yard. However, they have taken on an interesting purpose: a place to showcase the random and amusing detritus that comes from living in an urban area. The "300" movie button above disappeared soon after I placed it on its pedestal, but the bent bracelet below still sparkles in the afternoon sun. Trash blows down our street regularly and much of it is, well trash. But I like the idea that sometimes there's little gifts to amuse me when I check on the progress of my blooms. Putting them on display creates a sort of discourse with my anonymous litter-bugs, but I'm still trying to figure out what I'm saying by doing it!


  1. I like this. Often I find or am given something, and an attachment is made with it that I don't necessarily want. Your method provides a systemic way to detatch from these things that also sounds fun.

  2. Thanks! I see it as a social experiment. So far I haven't had any new "gifts" bestowed upon my yard and the bracelet has since disappeared as well. It's a nice way for neat things to ebb and flow in and out of the garden. If only Styrofoam cups and candy wrappers were more visually pleasing!