Cosmic forces beyond our control have paved the way for presentation of a previously posted story, Faces In The Garden. Originally published January 11, 2008, purists may click here to read it without addendum, and also read the original comments.
Faces In The Garden
Another collection prized at Faire Garden is the sculptures bearing a likeness of the human face.
Some were made by the gardener herself, like Mrs. Bongo Congo above, crafted from leftover trough cement mix.
As was her spouse, Mr. Bongo Congo himself, made with leftover leaf casting mix. He is supposed to be a fountain, but there is still much work to be done on that.
Some of the faces were purchases, like this guy looking at the squirrel hind quarters entering his stump.
To be left out in the elements, these ornaments need to be made of concrete.
It is always amazing that this head can stay out all year in the birdbath, even when the water freezes without damage.
Some of the faces were gifts, in fact most of the ones under the deck were given by friends and family.
I really like the ‘Green Man’ image and all the lore that surrounds it.
At one time all the faces were outside unprotected.
The elements did damage in different ways. There was fading of color and dissolving into dust. A rustic twig frame was built to hold the smaller ones and mounted under the garage deck for protection.
The newest addition, mounted on a stake. Under the front porch roof, he is free to be himself without fear from sun, rain, or frost. Thanks, semi.
This chap has a frog in his ear. He was purchased at a grocery in Canada.
A cat gargoyle type character, the first of the collection, was purchased at an art store in Berkeley, CA.
‘Leaf Man’ , ancient symbol of being at one with Nature, Life and the Earth.
May we all be at one with leaf man and his friends.
Epilogue: Since this post was written, there has been an addition to the faces here, little Whimsy Bongo Congo. Click here to read about the day of her birth.