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Ok, we’ve done the walkable neighborhood game, and discovered its imperfections, so I thought I’d share some fun I had with creating my own superhero. This is actually quite old, but I was reminded of it when we Ranters were discussing how to recreate ourselves as Simpsons characters and show the images on the blog. […]

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Posted by on August 1, 2007 at 12:00 pm   This post has one response.

Tree Art for the People by Jim Calder

This prominent story in last Saturday’s Washington Post about a 16-foot carved dragon in my town of Takoma Park got everyone’s attention and because it gave the time and address of the naming ceremony to be held the next day, I was there.  So were about half the town’s...

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Posted by on June 19, 2007 at 3:33 am   This post has 5 responses.

Garden art at the Allentown Festival

This will be quite a series of Buffalo-centric posts, as you’ll see, but I could not resist sharing with the Rant crowd what is taking place outside my doorstep this weekend. For some years I have noticed that more and more of the wares sold at the Allentown Art...

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Posted by on June 10, 2007 at 7:42 am   This post has 4 responses.

A garden of glass at Corning

I should love these exquisite glass creations purely for their own sakes, but I also love them because they make me think of Angels and Insects, the A. S. Byatt-based film about the Victorians and their glorious obsessions. Just opened at the Corning Museum of Glass, Botanical Wonders: The...

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Posted by on May 23, 2007 at 3:56 am   This post has 20 responses.

The tree that ate LA

Here in Western New York, we think of the ficus as a resilient house and office plant. Over the course of my travels, however, I’ve seen how gigantic this cultivar can be in the wild, so I was intrigued when I heard a West Coast artist was creating a...

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Posted by on April 22, 2007 at 6:21 am   This post has 8 responses.

We’re Gardeners and You Can’t Stop Us

Striking scupture on the streets of Oslo.  Somehow I’d find it more convincing, though, if it weren’t the easy sentimental choice in that fist, but instead something more sophisticated–a plant that announced that the fist is not a poseur but a real gardener. 

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Posted by on April 13, 2007 at 9:19 pm   This post has 12 responses.

An artist’s take on over-the-top gardening

Here’s another man about gardening, but he’s not a plant expert or designer. Buffalo resident John Pfahl is known far and wide for his landscape photography, particularly of Niagara Falls and other waterfalls and rivers. He’s also done several series that are of special interest to gardeners. The photographs...

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Posted by on March 7, 2007 at 4:18 am   This post has 8 responses.

They’re cute and wiggly—but are they art?

Music for Worms and Compost by Paul Dickinson is a sound artist’s interpretation of the elemental pulses of a simple life cycle. Inspired by Mary Appelhof (1937-2005)—also known as “Worm Woman” and the undisputed queen of vermicomposting—Dickinson (shown below) has adapted this homely, somewhat messy process to the pristine...

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Posted by on January 17, 2007 at 5:01 am   This post has 4 responses.
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