Next Saturday, September 20, I need my fellow Lichtenbergians to assist me in Contemplation of the Labyrinth.Â You can read about my dilemma here.Â As Herodotus tells us, whenever the Persians had an important decision to make, they’d get drunk and chat it over.Â Then, if their solution still made sense the next morning, they went with it.Â 7:00ish, shall we say?Â Yes, Jeff, we can call it a Committee of the Whole meeting of the Joseph Campbell Roundtable.
The Assignment: design and execute a candle-holder for the labyrinth.Â It can be funky, it can be mysterious, it can be beautiful.
Ginny found this one on Tybee Island, made by a hippie artisan.Â He takes random metal objects, in this case a champagne glass (?) and welds tubes to them.Â Then you drive rebar into the ground and stick the object on it.Â Clever, and it admits of all kinds of possibilities.
See how simple this can be?Â A travertine paving stone with three tealights arranged on it.
This was a planter we picked up in a junk shop.Â The glow from the candles in the pots is quite lovely.Â I’ve extended this idea by taking citronella candles, transferring them to clay pots, and burying the pots in the ground.Â I also have a dozen of the small pots which I keep rearranging.
We had this old tin wall sconce hanging about, so I screwed it to a bit of 2×2 and planted it over in the ivy.Â What I want to do is tile it with bits of mirror.
Keep thinking: dead tree limbs with platformsâ€”hanging lanternsâ€”elaborate standing devicesâ€”folk art manquÃ©â€”anything goes.Â You can make something for the periphery of the yard, for the table, for the labyrinth itself. Use the meeting to get some ideas of the area and what might be interesting.Â The only requirement I have is that lighting and replacing of candles needs to be easy.
Let’s make this assignment due at the Annual Meeting, December 20.
Also, someone’s got to remember to bring up Eli Selzer for membership.
I won’t have time to apprentice myself to a welder till after Coriolanus.
Finally, a chance to use my glass-blowing skills.
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