Fun and whimsy in the Art Garden with funky garden sculptures on a shoestring budget.
This plastic form used to be a mirrored disco ceiling decoration which I bought from the Swallows Nest in Gibsons. I thought it looked wonderful in the garden but after two weeks in our wet, chilly climate, all the mirrors fell off in a sheet! Yikes! It was definitely not made for the great outdoors!
So, I pulled all the mirrors off, cleaned up the piece and reattached mirrors, some broken china plates and marbles using materials suitable for our British Columbia climate.
The piece stands about 32 inches high and sends sparkles all over the garden when the sun shines on it.
Found Object Laughter Poles
The glazed ceramic pots which form the bases of these poles are filled with cement and a length of iron rebar stands up through the central holes. Each object on the pole has a hole, natural or drilled and they were just slid down the pole one on top of the other. Some weird shaped objects like the toy cars have been wired on. As they age, parts can be replaced, added or subtracted as needed.
The torso is covered with Liquitex modelling paste built up in layers and then painted with Liquitex acrylic paints with high lightfast qualities then with epoxy over that. The beads and crystals hang from the waist creating a waterfall effect.
The torso is removable from the base so it can be moved separately or with its base to a more weather protected place for the winter. The box is weighted inside with sandbags.
Why not have some fun? What’s the worst thing that could happen if you did have fun with your garden? You can always tone it down later if you need to put it up for sale but meantime, take it in hand and show it who’s the boss and remind it that girls just want to have fun!