113 Days ’til 40: Discarded Junk or Abstract Art???

31 Oct


A picture is worth a thousand words. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. ~ Oscar Wilde

I’m afraid that if you look at a think long enough, it loses all of its meaning. ~ Andy Warhol

When I was walking through a neighborhood with my girls and my cousin this past weekend we came upon the following in a person’s yard.  This scene, an old mixer in the dirt and leaves, made me wonder.  Was it meant to be placed there?  Was the individual not interested in carrying this old mixer to the garbage can?  Did the person hope that someone else would notice it and take it for their own personal use?  Is this placement of the mixer in the dirt an artistic statement???

I have seen many individuals recycle old materials – from pots to beds to toilet bowls and turn these things into art, or at least their expression and interpretation of art.

As art is definitely in the eye of the beholder (some of you loved the mosaics I posted a few days ago, and others did not) I find it hard to fully define.

I LOVE recycled art…..  though not just the placement of an old item in a garden – I like to see the item somehow transformed, adapted in some way to make an artistic statement.  Perhaps one day I will create a garden out of old objects – all of which would be planted with different wild flowers…. hmmmmm…….. we will see!

Today, 113 days ’til 40, I hope to be that creator of abstract art…… when I do create it, I hope people will identify with it as art and not junk!



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29 responses to “113 Days ’til 40: Discarded Junk or Abstract Art???

  1. Lani Longshore

    October 31, 2012 at 00:36

    The best found-art sculpture I’ve ever seen is the buffalo head in the Santa Fe capitol building. The forehead is made out of paintbrushes, the eyes use clear plastic spoons, the horns are rolled newspapers – you get the idea. From a distance, it looks just like a buffalo head, but up close – wow!

    • 400daystil40

      October 31, 2012 at 22:18

      Oh wow, I bed that looks amazing!!!!! Is there a photo of it online???

  2. The Quiet Borderline (back in hospital)

    October 31, 2012 at 01:43

    I studied Fine Art (degree) in London and quite frankly thought that some work that some people were doing were meaningless and absurd. It drove me crazy. Like placing a red cube on a table and taking a photo of it. Sorry, it’s not my kind of thing!

  3. knittingwithheart

    October 31, 2012 at 03:46

    Ha! … artistic misinterpretation of junk?!

  4. Jennifer Stuart

    October 31, 2012 at 04:46

    Nice! I bet you could make an amazing garden with objects like that. On Pinterest there are often times lots of ideas..I see people posting them on Facebook. It’s great to re-use things. If we could all do that, imagine the fun folk art that could pop up in cities everywhere with flowers and veggies sprouting out of everyone’s old mixers and colanders? A beautiful scene, indeed 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      October 31, 2012 at 22:17

      Yes, I agree with you – it would be such a cool garden! I need to do this at some point! 🙂

      • Jennifer Stuart

        October 31, 2012 at 22:19

        You can also make a certain mixture of clay, compost and seeds and make little seed pods that can be planted as would be fun to make some and then plant them in other people’s neglected thing they know, that mixer is spilling over with daisies and green beans 🙂

  5. buckwheatsrisk

    October 31, 2012 at 04:51

    i love abstract art! how about an old boot with some flowers planted in it?!

    • 400daystil40

      October 31, 2012 at 22:16

      Yes! I have also always wanted to plant flowers in an old bed – get it???? a flower bed??? 🙂

  6. sakuraandme

    October 31, 2012 at 05:31

    I have a sister in law who is really creative..I love seeing her transform things!
    To her not many things are classed as junk! Lol xx

  7. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    October 31, 2012 at 12:09

    Love the idea of old items transformed to create a new form of art but, somehow, don’t think that blender is quite doing the job 😀

  8. Spider42

    October 31, 2012 at 12:47

    I suppose it could be construed as art and I get (theoretically anyway) how that would fit, but something tells me this one was not meant to be so 😀 The wild growth of the garden that I can see plus the dirty old dried leaves seem to indicate a not overly well-tended garden space.

    • 400daystil40

      October 31, 2012 at 22:13

      Hehehe – I think you are correct, but I suppose we will never really know!

  9. Another Thousand Words

    October 31, 2012 at 13:06

    Great goal, 400! Perhaps you should have picked it up, taken it home, and painted it a lively color…to survive as a ‘decorator’ piece, holding a potted plant?

    • 400daystil40

      October 31, 2012 at 22:12

      Darn, you are so right!!! If/ when we move and have a decent sized garden/ yard I am going to have to start collecting and create my garden! 🙂

  10. jensine

    October 31, 2012 at 13:41

    one of the favourite things I own is a set of five small magnets … they are old keys from a keyboard and spell out ‘dream’ .. and I have piece of an old guiness barrel that has nails in it as a keyring holder right next to my door.

    • 400daystil40

      October 31, 2012 at 22:11

      Those are both so very cool!!!

      • jensine

        November 1, 2012 at 00:57

        and very practical 🙂

  11. walkwiththerabbi

    October 31, 2012 at 16:27

    I so appreciate and value your “spirit.” Hugs from here to you – my sister.

  12. deWriterMD

    November 1, 2012 at 02:40

    Reblogged this on MetaRead360 Small Press presents and commented:
    NOTE: Art…as well as beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

  13. Franziska

    November 6, 2012 at 16:18

    Well, I look at it from a baker’s point of view…. this is an old Kenwood and it saddens me that someone threw it away seeing that you can still get spare parts for Kenwoods. I wonder what the previous owner bought instead? Maybe a KitchenAid? 😉

    • 400daystil40

      November 6, 2012 at 21:41

      hehehe – I wonder…. I have a KitchenAid – I am very happy with it, but I know many who swear that their Kenwoods are better!


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