This spring came and the discussion of the tree got serious. Even though I am opposed to cutting down a healthy tree, considering its size for its location, we decided maybe it should come down. It provided a lot of shade and I had a great shade garden under the tree. One day when I had been out of town, I arrived home late and it was dark. My husband said to me, did you miss something? The discussion became a reality. The tree was gone and cleaned up before I could reconsider. End of discussion.
Now the shade garden had become a sun garden. We looked naked, but after some adjustment, I had to admit, it did look better. You could see our house.
We decided not to hurry into the next step. We would give it some thought. I tried to visualize how to revamp this space.
About four months ago, my daughter and I, made a trip to the Toledo Museum of Art. On our way we stopped in Waterville, OH at George Carruth's "Garden Smiles" studio. It was there that I first learned of Dale Rogers and his art. I mentioned this to my husband and surprisingly he was receptive of me making contact with the artist. After a lovely conversation , I commissioned Mr. Rogers to create me "Swirl Bird", a Suessical style tree and bird. It is made of Cor-Ten steel with a stainless steel bird perched on the top of the tree. I could visualize this in the spot where our tree once grew. I would not need to water or weed.
After a long wait, I get an e-mail saying my piece would be shipped by freight. The next afternoon we were working in our back gardens when I heard air brakes. I walked to the front of the house and here was a large UPS freight truck delivering my piece of art. Now how is that for being quick. It came from Haverhill, Ma.
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I love the piece and it is a major part of my "Art In The Garden".
|"Swirl Bird" by Dale Rogers|