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August 29, 2019

A Skinny Tree And A Fox…

I’ve come to the very last post from my 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition visit. It’s not a sand sculpture near the entrance of the exhibition that catches my eye though, it’s a wood carved sculpture. In the absence of a name plate or information board I have nick-named this piece the “Skinny Tree” and it features more beautifully carved birds, and at the top: a Fox! (not quite what I expected!) Thus this series of posts come to an end, with a twist that appears to the hallmark of the creator of these wood carvings.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 28, 2019

Swinging Into The Brutal Facts Of Life…

I’m following yesterday’s post with the last of the “Owl Tree” wood carvings. This one maintains the strange juxtaposition of ideas in this piece, on one level it’s clearly a swing for very young children to play on, on the other hand the subject matter of the carving is not exactly age appropriate, child friendly material. I

n this piece we have had the hunted rabbits in the burrow (“The Owl Tree, And…”) at the base, and now, further up, we see a startled group of birds in terror, fleeing their perches higher up in the tree. Closer inspection reveals that this too is a predator/prey subject, and that a fox is the cause of the birds frantic exit.

Once again I don’t find the subject matter restful, particularly enjoyable or in any way appropriate as an accompaniment to play equipment for very young children. Surely the creator of this piece must have at some point entertained the idea that for a good percentage of children, this would be a very upsetting theme? I fully realise that we can’t sugar-coat nature, the food chain and the circle of life, but when and how we introduce these hard facts to children young enough where a swing in the back yard is their greatest joy and entertainment, must surely be more carefully considered?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 27, 2019

The Boar, Owl And Bird Of Prey…

The next of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition wood sculptures features the pieces that made me give it the nick-name the “Owl tree”. Not only has a magnificent owl been carved into a hollow in this large tree stump, there is also a wild boar at the base and an eagle (or bird of prey) spread out in full flight on a different side. Bird lover that I am, this is still not really to my taste, but this does not detract in any way shape or form, the creativity and detail that has been achieved here. You could say that there is inspiration from top to bottom, in every nook and cranny and soaring over wherever this sculpture stands.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 26, 2019

Mr. Woodpecker! …Don’t Nibble There!!!

Following yesterday’s post about the wooden sculpture that I have nick-named the “Owl-tree”, I am now looking at some of the features that are included on some of the other parts of the piece. This all about the swing, and it’s own quirky elements. On the swing seatis a woodpecker, complete with a tiny nibble out of the seat. On the top is an animal that I first thought was a fox, but closer inspection might actually maybe be a weasel or stoat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 25, 2019

The Owl Tree, And…

This next post is about one of the large wooden sculptures. It’s a complex piece so I’ll make several posts about it. The first part that puzzles me is that there is a swing on it, but a closer inspection reveals certain details that I am not sure are really “child friendly” for the age of child that enjoys swinging on swings.

Small children would probably be rather upset to see this large part of the log where two rabbits cower at the end of their burrow whilst a fox advances towards them intend on making them his next meal. I’m not disputing that it’s been amazingly carved, I am just scratching my head about the choice of subject matter in a small kids play area.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 24, 2019

Someone Is Sleeping On The Job…

The 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition has some unusual wooden sculpture pieces too. This one is of a gnome atop a post, and beneath are mushrooms and another gnome sleeping in a deckchair. It’s an “interesting” piece for a garden and not personally my style but I am certain there are many people who will adore it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 23, 2019

A Series Of Solo Pieces…

The Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition of 2019 had many wooden sculptural pieces at its entrance, so I have been taking a closer look at them. These were solo pieces…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The laws of nature are harsh… like for this fox, but that’s life in the natural world, and after all everyone in the food chain deserves to eat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 22, 2019

Squirrel Nutkin, Friends And Relatives…

The 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition had a series of wooden sculptures at its entrance. The general theme appears to be animals in the wild. This next piece is a very busy piece all about squirrels, but so busy in fact that at first I had a little bit of trouble to make out each of the squirrels featured.  I will let you figure out if you can ” find them all” !

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 21, 2019

Is This Unsuspecting Gnome being Trolled?

I was never into stories that had trolls, witches or wizards as a kid (or adult for that matter) so this next piece would never be finding it’s way into my garden (if I had one). This was one of the wooden sculptures at the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition, and features a hiding troll lurking close to an unsuspecting gnome.  … Or maybe the gnome knows it’s there but has ordered the troll back into it’s hole.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 20, 2019

Coat-tails In The Wind…

The next piece the the wood carving artist created in the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition is not this time about wild animals, but rather some domesticated ones. This shepherd is carrying a lamb and and herding his sheep with the aid of a sheep-dog. The wind is clearly strong, he is bent forward with his coat billowing out behind him.

Knowing sheep farming I see that the sheep have a full fleece and their tails have not been docked. The presence of the new lamb indicates that it’s spring, so these are stragglers who are being rounded up for shearing and docking. With the wool shorn they will be more comfortable and healthier during the hot summer months.

Docking the tails to make them shorter may sound cruel. but if they are left long then their poo collects on the tails and flies come to the poo, laying their eggs and making the beast susceptible to maggot  or lice infestations. (apologies if you were eating breakfast whilst reading that!). The lamb is bleating for it’s mother, a good sign because it probably means they have bonded well.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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