|When I saw this picture in my mind's eye, I knew I loved the play of light it evoked; so much so that I took several shots and have played with them digitally.|
This rusty fire escape is almost sculptural art. It was intended to be strictly utilitarian back in 1915 when the two-story building was built in my village. Now largely deemed as probably unsafe for use, and as the second story of this now antique type store is largely unused, I hope no one has the idea to remove it.
I think I tend to find those utilitarian items imbued with a functional beauty to be the most powerful art in a personal garden, unless the gardener is also a sculptor or visual artist of some sort. While some gardeners are, most aren't; which leaves them prey to the siren song of all sorts of poorly made commercial garden ornamentation.
|Okay, trying to do a butterfly garden, aren't we all?|
|Cute the first time I saw it. No longer.|
|Sight lines, anyone?|
|They got it right at Johnson Nursery in Menomonee, WI with this retainment pond.|
|They even did a nice job with this dry stream bed/rain garden on one side of the path...|
|...not so much with the origin on the other side.|
These are both example of utilitarian items in a garden which bring more beauty than most garden art.
Go big...or just keep weeding.