You just never know what to expect around the next corner. The creed “sometimes art imitates life” comes to mind as we take in the various pieces on display and try to understand their deeper meaning. Some are obvious, some are much less so. But at the end of the day, the entire collection is a fascinating body of work.
We find ourselves back at George Sawchuk’s Wacky Woods, further exploring the outdoor art exhibit George created and left behind as a legacy for everyone to enjoy. This post is part of our running series “Two Toads in Wonderland” highlighting George’s gallery.
I really believe you could spend a lifetime looking at this and still have lingering questions. It’s both highly out-of-place, and at the same time it’s the perfect piece for the exhibit. One of the most interesting facets to the outdoor display is the dichotomy you encounter looking at all the pieces manufactured by man intertwined with elements of nature. These stark contrasts make you stop and ponder the bigger meaning. It’s quite evident that this machine won’t be washing our outfits anytime soon, but this sure doesn’t detract from the interest.
I have no clue, but this sure didn’t preclude us from standing here trying to understand the background of this item. No matter your taste in art or opinion on the exhibit, part of the larger wonder of the gallery is trying to understand what George was trying to tell us. Never assume anything, and let your mind wander down the avenues of possibility. What do you see here?
The viewer at first glance encounters the wood stove here. The juxtaposition of the iron stove against the raw backdrop of the forest may or may not be compelling by itself. A closer look reveals a frying pan with a rock and a gauge on it. I am pretty sure no matter how long you try to cook that rock, it’s not going to be tender. What kind of sauce would you put on this, anyways?
A close look reveals a cement pad under the stove here. This would lead us to believe that a great deal of thought and planning went into this display, as obviously the intent here was to create something rather permanent. This finding only creates more questions than it answers…
Even the horseshoe pit and its surroundings become a part of the overall exhibit. This blending of art with life really added a wonderful dimension to our visit that day, and furthered the strong sense of mystery we found ourselves leaving with. We would so have loved to have spent a few hours with George, tossing horseshoes and talking about the modern world we find ourselves living in.
Parts of the exhibit are part of a sub-collection, like this area we see here. Each piece can stand on its own quite easily, but when taken in as a whole you begin to recognize that in some cases the collections themselves formed part of the message George was trying to share here. What did it all mean? Perhaps we’ll never fully know, but we can each come away with our own interpretations and come to our own conclusions. This may itself be one of the biggest gifts that George left behind with his legacy.
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