Some experiences leave an indelible mark, one that you carry with you through the years. We’re heading back to George Sawchuk’s Wacky Woods in our running photoblog series “Two Toads in Wonderland” where we found a treasure-trove of pieces of interpretive art on display deep in the forests of Vancouver Island.
Many of the pieces on display are instantly recognizable for the message that George was trying to share with his audience. Others, not so much. In some cases, the pieces take on a different meaning for the observer, bringing in personal experience and thoughts as you try to find the underlying message. Context is important, but sometimes even that isn’t enough in this voyage of discovery. What does this lion head mean, and why? In some ways I find this to be a statement on the human condition, as each of us lives and experiences unique events, these all come together to form our feelings and opinions of things encountered in the broader world.
It is often said we hold our own destinies in our hands. Does this apply here, or is this related to something completely different? Sometimes we have to look deep inside ourselves to discover the answers to these questions, and sometimes they remain forever elusive.
Each turn in the path leads to a new wonder. Spots to sit and take it all in are found everywhere, as if George expected us to visit and have to spend some time with our inner selves to find a deeper meaning. This is as much a voyage of self-discovery as it is a visit to an outdoor gallery.
The juxtaposition of man-made artifacts blends in harmony with the natural elements. As the west coast weather continues to change the evolving landscape and displays, the scene is in a constant state of flux and change. Much like our own lives.
We find George’s touch everywhere. He used any form of material readily available, concentrating on the piece and it’s underlying meaning as opposed to the process and methods. Is this a statement on how man imprisons nature? For me it certainly was, but you may see something different. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so is interpretation.
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