A New Years Candlelight Vigil in a Peace Pole Garden
What kind of a person makes peace poles anyway?
Once on the phone someone was testing me about who I was to be making peace poles and what my work was like. Which is legitimate. I understand that and don't mind it. But one of the questions she asked was whether I had a peace pole in my own yard. Later I repeated the question to my wife and we had a good laugh.
I had three by my front door, five around back, peace poles leaning on the side of my house, in my basement, in the garage. They were taking over the yard. Because I wanted to see them outside from a distance. I wanted to see them at night, and in the morning before the sun hit them, and at noon when
the light was blinding. I needed to walk around a corner, happen to notice one across the yard and think, "Maybe I should try . . . " And if after a few days I still wondered if I should try whatever it was, I altered one or made a new one.
My yard is a little less crowded with them now - only four peace poles and two other sculptures. The experiments I do now are bigger, more expensive, require bigger tools and have a bigger downside when they are not good enough the first time out. But they are cooler and last forever. And, for an artist, the experiments are the most interesting part of this.
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