Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Emerald Moss House

( Before I go into the details of this new house I'd like to welcome any new visitors who may be arriving from "Driving with the Top Down". Please enjoy visiting the archives and checking out all the work that I have posted here... thank you for coming! )

Now to the details of this house... this one is one of the larger sculptures that I've built. I had found this patch of moss clinging to a cliff area and it begged for a house to be built here, so I did!

It took me 4 days just to collect all the stones and bring them to the site... there were no stones at all in this area so they all were gathered from a stream bed that was about a half a mile away. The house took many more days to build. The window circle alone took me a whole day. The porch "roof" is a lovely fungus I found on a fallen log on the trail in.

My favourite memories however were of the two visitors who kept me company over the several days... a tiny chipmunk who would eat out of my hand, and a sweet porcupine who stayed all day for two days. The first day she was up on the cliff just above where the upper room is on this house, and the second day she sat about 3 feet away from me and nibbled some lettuce from my sandwich. Then she had a nap ! I was delighted and honoured that she trusted me so much. I hoped she would be there on my third day, but I saw her on my hike in to this site and she was high up in a birch tree nibbling on tender leaves. I could swear that she winked at me as I wished her a good day.

This house was also special because it was built just off a semi-popular hiking trail. A few people have reported to me that they had found it and it gave them such a thrill to see this structure where none had existed a few weeks before. I have heard that it fell down a few weeks ago. I may have to go back and re-create something else with all those stones... we shall see. Meanwhile, it remains a fond favourite of mine and the hikers who happened to find it.


Ken said...

incredible ...

Genella deGrey said...

Sally - Your work is so beautiful! I'm so inspired!

Sally J Smith, Environmental Artist said...

Thank you Ken and Genella,

You are both very kind. This house is one of my favorites... glad you have enjoyed it too!

As a greeting card, this one always sells out quickly.

Unfortunately, I have very few images of this sculpture... the leaves grew in on the trees above and the light became too green and dim for good photos. I really should go back and re-cycle the stones into something new!



Karen said...

Hi Sally--
About 2 years ago I was hiking along a trail on a nature preserve between Westport and Essex NY and saw the most amazing thing. Could it be that I found the Emerald Moss House? Was amazed to see it on a card this year at the Dogwood Bakery. Have since bought many cards and the 2009 calendar. The whole family loves all your work! But seeing the creation in the woods was unforgettable. Best wishes for your continued inspiration and success.

Sally J Smith, Environmental Artist said...

Hi Karen,

Yes, I'm sure you found it. It was on the north side of the trail. I don't want to give away the exact location so it will still be a surprise for others who might find it...but I'm sure you saw it. Thank you so very much for your support of my work, it means a great deal that you took the time to make a comment... thank you!!


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