L.08.9: quick materials post

You may recall a couple of posts ago I offered, essentially, rubble as raw materials for creating a lighting fixture for the labyrinth.  I had occasion this last week as I finished up to play with some of that, and this is the result:

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Another playing, with the smaller rubble bits:

You could drill a hole in the pieces and thread them on a piece of rebar.  Remember I have a drill press.

L.08.9: more materials

In case anyone was beginning to think about actually creating a lighting fixture for the labyrinth, here are some raw materials that you may certainly avail yourself of:

These are the pieces left over from my shaping the paving stones in the arcs of the labyrinth.  There will be lots and lots of them if you want to figure out a way to use them.

These are the broken bits of the same pieces.  I don’t know what you could do with these, but there will be a lot to play with if it inspires you.  (I keep thinking I’ll use them in a fountain or something.)

An assortment of 2x4s and 2x6s, all about four feet tall.  I’m going to use some for my “tubes of light,” but the rest are available.

Two largish pieces of 1/2″ plywood, about 48″ x 40″, and one smallish piece of treated 1/2″, about 24″ x 24″.  Think standing sculpture.  I keep thinking I want to do something large that hangs in the trees, something untoward and intriguing thereby.

Unpictured are eight 8-foot lengths of 2″ round, i.e., staffs.  We probably want to hang on to those for future Lacuna ventures, but if you’re inspired, use them.

L.08.9: an opportunity

I began tilling the labyrinth area last night, and I came across this:


The entire back yard is actually made up of hard-packed clay and whatever construction detritus was there when we added on to the house fifteen years ago. There’s only about an inch of topsoil there.

So anyway, I figured this might appeal to one of you out there as you muse about creating a lighting fixture for the labyrinth. Yes, Jeff, I’ve already thought about turning it into a fountain, you pervert.

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I brought these home from school:

They’re white, plastic, translucent.  I just stood them up this way to get them lit by the sun.  They might make nice pillars of light in some way.  Unless they melted.

L.08.8: (self-portrait) Dale

I’m going to claim that this was taken in response to our resetting our self-portraits in terms of famous photographs/paintings.  It’s a Rembrandt self-portrait, see?

Actually, this is in the restroom of Café Lily in Decatur, where we went to celebrate Ginny’s birthday.  I liked the look, and quite frankly, I liked the way I looked, so I took a photo.

It’s a nice portrait, I think, although usually I despise self-portraits with the camera in the mirror.

Meeting & Assignment L.08.9

Next Saturday, September 20, I need my fellow Lichtenbergians to assist me in Contemplation of the Labyrinth.  You can read about my dilemma here.  As Herodotus tells us, whenever the Persians had an important decision to make, they’d get drunk and chat it over.  Then, if their solution still made sense the next morning, they went with it.  7:00ish, shall we say?  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.  It can be funky, it can be mysterious, it can be beautiful.

Some examples:

Ginny found this one on Tybee Island, made by a hippie artisan.  He takes random metal objects, in this case a champagne glass (?) and welds tubes to them.  Then you drive rebar into the ground and stick the object on it.  Clever, and it admits of all kinds of possibilities.

See how simple this can be?  A travertine paving stone with three tealights arranged on it.

This was a planter we picked up in a junk shop.  The glow from the candles in the pots is quite lovely.  I’ve extended this idea by taking citronella candles, transferring them to clay pots, and burying the pots in the ground.  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.  What I want to do is tile it with bits of mirror.

Keep thinking: dead tree limbs with platforms—hanging lanterns—elaborate standing devices—folk art manqué—anything goes.  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.  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.