Still Alive

The Main Line's resident rock sculptor shares his adventures.

Yeah, yeah, I know I haven't blogged since June.  Try having an operation on your elbow, wearing a sling and doing everything with your left hand when you're right-handed.  Well, it sucks.

But I've been watching the lot at Ardmore Avenue and Lancaster Avenue daily. 

It's nice to see someone (a disciple?) has stepped in to build and re-build the rock sculpture using the large, heavy, granite rocks I left, as well as whatever smaller stones he/she can find.  Initially, the sculpture was just the three large rocks placed one upon another.  Over time the quality of the sculpture has evolved into a more artistic work. 

Maybe it's not the same person or maybe the person has learned from his/her earlier efforts.  The picture below shows what it looked like yesterday morning.  Unfortunately, when I passed by it today, it had been knocked down.  (Been there - seen that.) 

And though I've been disabled by this elbow surgery, I built a sculpture in my drive-way single-handed (literally).  It's not the intricate, complex structure that I had made in Ardmore, but it gave me a feeling of satisfaction.  I'm sure my orthopedic  surgeon would have a fit if he knew, but who could possibly tell him?

Wonder what would happen if I do get the OK to continue building rock sculptures.  Have I relinquished all rights to the Ardmore Avenue site?  If I returned with my own rocks, would re-building the sculpture become a mutual collaboration?  I'll just have to take things one rock at a time.

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John Muse August 29, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Hi, Edward. I've rebuilt the cairn a few times over the months. But I just created a Facebook page for the Ardmore Cairn. See http://www.facebook.com/TheArdmoreCairn. And thanks for the granite! Best, John Muse
Edward B. Basner August 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Thanks for taking over the chore (and delight) of building The Cairn. I've been calling these works Rock Sculptures. As you've noticed, it takes some skill to build them (and so little skill to knock them down). I was thinking of leaving some rocks at the site for the person (you) who is doing this cairn. Would you want them? The facebook page is great. I'm glad someone else is enjoying the craziness. Regards, Ed


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