Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Metaphorical Jump

"Lava Jumping" is finished. This installation is in my own home. I started the process of getting it installed months ago. After painting each pair of legs and poking many many holes in the wall I am finally done. The prospect of living with this installation made me extremely picky about the work's placement and colorings.

I didn't want the legs to chance snagging backpacks and hair alike. I also needed to have them high enough that toddler hands could not grab them. I only wish I had a way to protect our Christmas tree in a similar way. This spot at the end of my hallway/stairwell turned out to have the most clearance and visual impact. It can be seen from the front door.

I believe the colors I chose reflect my family and my children. My boys are active, warm, laughing, and passionately interested in many things. Fire for example. And I'm including my big "boy" Sam here. My eight year old inherited this fascination from him to the extent that on his first day of Kindergarten a couple years back he wrote that his "first day jitters" were about the earth crashing into the sun. Cute, huh?

And so I dedicate this installation to my sons who frequently jump lava and other fantastical flames in their daily adventures. (My jumping is limited to clearing backpacks and wheeled objects).

Moving Earth

Sam and I have been busy this fall shaping a little bit of extra-Eden, our .18 acres of it. Sam pushes earth with his shovel. I stack things on top of things.

The far left section will house a greenhouse/cold frame to extend our growing season. The ground has been excavated in preparation for its concrete footings. He has also prepared the earth for a cement pad to go under a tool shed. This is the spot seen up against our foundation on the left hand/garage edge of the house.

Greenhouse foundation on left. Shed is to be located behind it up against the house foundation.