This is 100% your bog standard random, silly, and clumsy hand scrape… but darned if it doesn’t look perfect for some sort of runic symbol that kicks off a grand adventure!
Flash may be gone, but the badgers will live forever!
This could fill the need for some nostalgic distraction right now…
You are whole and complete
You always have been
And you always will be
You may not experience it
And you may sometimes take actions that don’t reflect it
But it doesn’t change the truth of who and what you are
There are just barriers to your experiencing it
Welcome to the New Year
Whole and Complete
This little folly deliciously straddles the line between sculpture and architecture. Situated atop a hill, it’s a meditative spot from which to gaze out over the picturesque valley while also being a fun little object to observe from everywhere else.
And that’s pretty much it (in a good way)! A simple splaying concrete base into which is integrated a wood lounging bench, capped by two bent sheets of weathering metal that rise from the open embrace of the bench to form a kind of open tent. Though the metal panels are quite thick and rigid, their scale and the random deformations make them look delicate. It’s not a design that dominates, accentuating the hillside in both directions.
I dig it. Nice little piece of work.
In an amusing way, I feel “compelled” to review the new live-action Mulan, if only because my review of the original animated version has been archived for decades at IMDB for the whole world to see.* But this was also one of the only Disney remakes I was actually keen on seeing. When they announced that they would not be doing a near shot-for-shot remake and would instead be shaking things up (not making it a musical, the removal of Mushu, etc) my interest was piqued. As long as they had good writing, I figured, this could be a good thing: a chance to tell the story in a new way, opening up new avenues to explore and to play in. And even though I have very much disliked most of the remakes thus far, as long as they nailed that one, crucial, thing of good writing, it could turn out well! Continue reading