Local Heart, Global Soul

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 16, 2019

A Foxhole And The Fox…

Near the entrance of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition was a section where a variety of wooden sculptures were displayed. This is a two-part post featuring two halves of one piece. First we have a bench, anchored at one end by the larger of the two sculptures,  but featuring at the base a hidy-hole nook where a small animal was hiding, it appears to be a kit or cub (a baby fox), at the other end of the bench is the parent, standing proud, looking around. Her stance indicates that maybe she has heard a mouse rustle, or a predator come close…? Who knows. The last photograph shows the entire piece, in real life it would take a very brave fox to have it’s family living in the vicinity of these magnificent birds.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 20, 2019

Cats Wearing Glasses? …OK, Why Not!?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back during the Food truck festival of 2017, I found that not only were the foodie vans in full swing, so were various other vendors.

Some were the same stall holders that can found on the Lange Voorhout every summer, antiques, bric-a-brac, books, and the like but some I have never seen before.

Amongst those were two stalls that made me stop and look closer…

The first was a lady selling Tee-shirts and card with copies of her own painted artworks, the subject of which was what made me smile.

Dogs, cats, pigs and all sorts of animals were depicted wearing hats, glasses and other paraphernalia.

Although not to kind of thing that I would wear personally, they were wonderful pieces of art.

The second was a lady selling some of the most unusual jewelry I have ever seen, incorporating amongst others, (I assume plastic) mice, lizards, spiders and crabs. Talk about a “statement piece” of jewelry! These make one of the biggest statements and most eye-catching pieces I have ever seen! Again, not really anything I  could pull off, but definitely for someone bolder out there to love and enjoy. I’m just not certain what happens if you walk into the room wearing all these mice around your neck and encounter someone who is scared of mice: would they leap into the nearest chair? or does that only count for real rats and mice? Not having any fear of mice I wouldn’t know how that would work. Both of these are quirky, unusual, colourful, delightful, and artistic. Neither suit my taste but hey, the world would be a very boring place if we all liked the same thing…  and the idea of cats in sunnies? (sunglasses) …What’s not to like?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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