Gardening Welder Guy

Recently the Faire Garden clan went on a road trip to Asheville, North Carolina for family visitation, soccer watching, bird counting, good eating, thanks Ash, and looking for promising photo chances. The road to the abode of offspring brokenbeat takes us by a garden of welding delights that never fails to twist one’s head as we drive by it to get a better look. Reading the round turquoise sign above, it looks like we were too late for the sale. Rats, we love sales! In spite of the missed shopping opportunity we drove in and spoke with the creator of this garden/studio, Christopher D. Mello.

We found out that he is preparing to leave North Carolina shortly for a one year job in a garden in Costa Rica. No details are known about this trip, but we did learn that he has someone to care for this space in his absence. The garden is mostly dormant right now, allowing for the showcasing of the metal objects and blue glass bottles so decoratively placed.

From the driveway, you see the entrance that brings you in to partake of the art created by found objects, mostly metal, but other materials as well, with a lovely rust patina. Near the tree is a waterfall composed of sheets of metal that trickle into the tub at the bottom of the slope. A table of blue and black pebbles just to the right of the first step catches your eye as you make you way up expectedly.

A better look at the composition of the stairway to the heavenly garden. Covers, grates and what appears to be a hood are easily climbed.

Looking to the right one sees this pine tree in a mulching bucket on a lawnmower base. Interesting.

To the left is a path lined with an assortment of small metal and clay parts. The bowl planters contain sedums. A bench in the top right corner of the photo invites one to sit and ponder the recyling done here to create wonder and enjoyment.

A piece of hanging art of a large hook. Click on this or any of the photos for a closer look.

In the center of the garden is this ball surrounded by shovels on stakes. We need to investigate more closely.

Orange fabric columns dot the circle within the shovels. A human like figure is made of metal, his face must be copper, with the greenish hue. It is not known if the bare earth will be planted or if this is the vision. Note how the shadows of the shovel stakes make geometric designs on the red clay soil.

The outer ring is composed of the teeth of digging equipment, in assorted sizes and shapes. Toy construction machinery add childlike whimsy, it looks like a yellow wrecking ball in the middle. I overheard Christopher explaining that some kind of magic inhabits this spot. More info is needed about that!

What drew me to learn more about this corner was the cobalt blue bottles with the sunshine lighting them like lanterns. Some are on rebar stakes. Some were, not permanently it is guessed, on the ends of crepe myrtle branches, shown in the second photo above.

There are several layers of objects happening here, the plastic bambi, an iron ball, the wire implement complete with blue bottle punctuation marks, some grasses, intriguing indeed.

Here is the artist, explaining the concept to some visitors. I have waited to hear from him to learn more about this operation, but understand he is busy with many other things involved with a move to Costa Rica.

This is the first post in the catagory Road Trips. Reading about other’s travels and seeing their photos of gardens and general travelogue info is something we enjoy. As we travel ourselves, posts will be written upon our return home, with new and exciting tidbits gleaned.

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16 Responses to Gardening Welder Guy

  1. Crafty Gardener says:

    What a fabulous place to visit. I am getting quite a collection of blue bottles too … not sure what I’m going to do with them yet.

  2. Frances says:

    Crafty…Every time we would pass that place I wanted to stop but never did. So glad this time was different, but much more to learn about it. I have a cupboard of blue bottles also, maybe a tree like Pam at Diggin?

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What an intriguing place. I bet it made your creative juices get all stirred up.

  4. tina says:

    very interesting indeed. does he have a website and is his place far from I40?

    love his bottle trees.

  5. Frances says:

    lisa…just the unusual decor in a garden setting hooked me.

    tina…He is located in West Asheville, not far from I 240, exit 2. He gave me his email address but has not responded to my message. I asked our family there to contact him, no luck there either. We will just have to wait until he returns from Costa Rica.

  6. chickenpoet says:

    The blue bottles of his art remind me of something. I wonder what? Maybe it would be your collection of various cobalt blue artifacts. It is a very interesting post. I see his garden through a futuristic peephole from the door of my imagination.

  7. Frances says:

    chickenpoet…It is otherwordly, do you remember seeing it when you were there?love.

  8. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I am still thinking about all this errrr art. I think I like the planter on wheels the best. One could move the plant about. I wonder if pines mind movement??

    The red clay looks a lot like the rust of the metal he likes to use.

  9. Frances says:

    Lisa…The pictures don’t do it justice. It was a super sunny day and even with my tinkering, the photos are too washed out. Also, when the plants are growing and green it looks better. I did find out each area is tended by a different group, it explains the range of styles.

  10. brokenbeat says:

    this enclave, with its many various pieces of art, is asheville, and particularly west asheville, through and through. the environmentally conscious art and collective nature of it are brilliant ideas. it takes about ten minutes to walk there from casa brokenbeat and there will be many visits made to it, and possibly some plantings of our own. hopefully we will be able to go to the next studio show, having been away for the last one.

    …sometimes when i drive by at night, christopher has the welder out and the sparks are flying. awesome.

  11. Frances says:

    brokenbeat…That would be the most awesome photo, of Christopher welding at night with the sparks flying. Can you get one?

  12. tina says:

    thanks! let us know when he returns and if you get his website.

  13. Frances says:

    tina…Will do. You are welcome. I will do a post update when more info becomes available.

  14. Jeff says:

    Those are really cool. There is a local welder in my town that does similiar stuff, but he is not as good.

  15. Frances says:

    Jeff…Welcome and thanks for visiting. There are many welders out there who garden, and are artists. This spot is on a busy corner that we have driven by so many times and were drawn to. I hope to have more info for an update sometime.

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