Posts Tagged ‘sculpture’

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. ~James Bryant Conant

Before we were ready to actually move to Arizona, my brother and I went around with a realtor to see what sort of homes were for rent. At one house I walked into the backyard to find a gigantic tortoise! The realtor was quite surprised. I don’t think the tortoise was included in the rent. Although not a speed demon, it got around quite a lot faster than this one at Tohono Chul who also looks a bit morose. It was however about the same size.

Tortoises can tell you more about the road than hares. ~Khalil Gibran

How you start is important, very important, but in the end it is how you finish that counts. It is easier to be a self-starter than a self-finisher. The victor in the race is not the one who dashes off swiftest but the one who leads at the finish. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter in life’s race. In America we breed many hares but not so many tortoises.

~B. C. Forbes

Have an old motorcyle hanging around? Make some art out of it. 🙂 This reclaimed metal sculpture by Kioko Mwitaki perching in a tree at Tohono Chul made me smile and also muse about the ability to see a vulture from a used motorcycle. To read a bit more about the sculptor and see an awesome lion he created, click here. You might be surprised by his nationality. I know I was.

I didn’t take a photo of the information for these sculptures surrounding a lovely little pond, but if you look at those ears, you know it’s not a house cat. 🙂 Mom’s on alert but everyone else looks pretty relaxed.

David Stone’s “Regal Horned Lizard” of ferro-cement, steel wire, and mesh at Tohono Chul is so realistic that I almost expected a gigantic tongue to flick out to scoop up a trio of snacks, despite the somewhat pleasant expression on its face. Thank goodness none of them are actually this big!!

If you live anywhere in the Tucson area, you really must visit Tohono Chul. Sometime during your visit, stop at the cafe and have a prickly pear lemonade. The color is beautiful, the taste sublime. If your taste inclines to alcohol, you can get a prickly pear margarita or mimosa instead. We didn’t order food, but everything sounded delicious and if you have a membership at one of a number of gardens, you might be able to get in free.

I like sculpture but find this one a bit odd, looking to me as if some sci-fi digging machine dropped a claw into downtown Chi Town. There’s a mini version of this in Naperville where we lived. Hopefully this one didn’t snatch up the man in the photo after I left!

I do love reflections, especially odd ones like this with lovely distortions of the original stately building. Chicago reflections ala Gaudi perhaps?

for Becky’s wonderful Square Challenge which this month is SquareOdds

Tohono Chul doesn’t just have cacti and other plants. There was all sorts of art throughout the park. This guy’s doing double-duty as sculpture and plant holder.

SquareOdds 2.16.22

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