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So… Is that Art?

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I was meandering through the garden with my brother-in-law when he stopped in front of an iron sculpture and asked, musingly, “So… Is that art, or is it just junk?” My first reaction was to administer a sharp right hook using muscles I have toned over several years of dragging interesting metal pieces home for further consideration. But I remained calm and we went on. The question has stuck with me, though, and I often return to it as our garden grows along with my impulse to embellish it.

Is it Real, metal piece by Meredith Hilderbrand. Photo: Sharon Andrews

Over the years my garden has evolved in response to typical life changes. Children who needed tree forts and soccer lawns grew up. And the weddings of these grown children required romance, botanically speaking. Large lawns increasingly feeble under the spreading canopy of surrounding trees gave way to shade beds. And once strong backs now ache, literally, for evergreen ground covers that reduce the need for weeding. Along with these changes has come the wish for focal points that require neither pruning nor winter mulch.  Sculpture is the answer!

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