Gulpture in the Park

 

“… Abstraction came about through the ever-narrowing focus of aesthetic gaze.

The post-modern offshoots of abstract art may seem to be engaged in the same artistic project; but the appearance is, it seems to me, deceptive. Post-modern abstraction is really construction, in which abstract elements are combined ab initio, and without reference to the natural forms and perceptions which might have endowed them with meaning…. Their purpose is to glorify the sovereign role of the artist, who shifts and arranges them as would a child playing with colored blocks…The result has been a sudden narrowing of the artistic intention, and a launching of post-modern art towards bombast and doodling by turns.”

-Roger Scruton, An Intelligent Persons’ Guide to Modern Culture, Chapter Eight

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Over many months now, during my morning contemplative walks in a local park, I have encountered objets d’déclin. Mother Earth needed tattoos to be in vogue.

A gaggle of local apparatchiks of post-modern persuasion decided at some point that nature’s exhilarating beauty-a body of narrative to be read over and to reflect on-should be forever ‘inked’ with the flippant constructionism of various ‘artists’.

The local approvers and inciters of inhuman aesthetics have ‘carnivalized’ a local nature preserve, a park and a paradise infused with wildflowers along a river, where, along such “springs in the valleys” (Psalm 104) “The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.” No matter, though. By so doing, the self-appointed culture-mongers can connote their relevance and earn self-aggrandizement brownie points with the community.

Pictures at an Exhibition:

Entrance to St. Mary’s Park

PM Art vs. Tree Planted in Memoriam

Nature’s Way

Nature Sculpts

 

Nature Revealed in Sculpture

And, “Do Not Feed Post-Modern Artists”

The last photo, a #LGBT advert, fits the theme: the ‘carnivalizing’ of nature and nature’s compliment, Scripture. More about this in the next post.

Horicon Marsh Montage – Part 2 of 2

 

Into the semi-wild…

 

Vacation

noun, often attributive va·ca·tion \vā-ˈkā-shən, və-\ a respite or a time of respite from something

Examples of vacation in a sentence:

A single woman, de-spoused and with grown kids out of the house and in need of respite from the ordinary, finds a spot on a map and a range of time where she could see more of the observable universe. She called this space-time continuum a vacation.

 

 

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Related Posts:

Horicon Marsh Montage – Monday Morning

For the Beauty of…Horicon Marsh

Horicon Marsh and the Landowner

Tuesday Morning at the Audubon

County Road TW

Backstreet Café, Monday, 5:00 am

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Elle est photographe ©Ann Johnson Kingdom Venturers

For the Beauty of…Horicon Marsh

 

For the beauty of the earth,

For the beauty of the skies,

For the Love which from our birth

Over and around us lies:

Christ, our God, to Thee we raise

This our Sacrifice of Praise.

 

Original text from 1864 of Folliott S. Pierpoint’s hymn For the Beauty of the Earth

When I go to be with the Lord I want this Eucharistic hymn, my favorite hymn, sung at my passing. I want to raise a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to the King of Heaven and earth.

There is much to give thanks for…

Horicon Marsh 7:30 AM ©Ann Johnson Kingdom Venturers

Horicon Marsh 7:30 AM
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Horicon Marsh mid-morning ©Ann Johnson Kingdom Venturers

Horicon Marsh mid-morning
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Horicon Marsh facing SW ©Ann Johnson Kingdom Venturers

Horicon Marsh facing SW
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Horicon Marsh – photosynthetic algae
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Horicon Marsh hiking trail ©Ann Johnson Kingdom Venturers

Horicon Marsh hiking trail
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For the Beauty of the Earth – John Rutter

Horicon Marsh and the Landowner

 

Walking around on resurrection ground, what did I find? Horicon Marsh aka Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.

Now about the Landowner: In previous posts I have noted as have others that The Kingdom of God is here and now. Jesus inaugurated his Kingdom on earth when he walked this earth. His resurrection signified among many wonders that His creation would be reborn, restored to its original glory. The Landowner, King Jesus, delights in His creation. He is also delighted when Kingdom caretakers are delighted with the work of His hands. And we, like David, find this out first hand.

It is in the parable of The Landowner (Matthew 20) that we learn that the Landowner honors all those who want to be a part of what he is doing – and no matter how late in the day. It is this Kingdom equality with its reordering – the first shall be last and the last first – which overturns the individual’s power struggle to be more equal than others.

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Now, not only did I find Horicon Marsh on a map one day (I love maps) but when I arrived at the Marsh I found the Kingdom of God flourishing in a wildlife refuge. At once I imagined that when Jesus returns such a place would no longer need refuge status. Such a place would then exist alongside man without signage and “protection.” The Kingdom of God is creation’s refuge. When the King returns he will make sure of it.

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Delight, for me, has a component of awe, of the gobsmakcked. Consider that roughly 4.6 billion years ago God spoke the universe into being.  Since then the evolved creation with it given potentiality has been thriving with creatures both great and small.

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The many photos and movies taken during my trip to the “King’s” Marsh will be presented over several posts.  I shot many vistas as I was awestruck by the acres of marsh grass and the horizon that “joins” the expanse of heaven and the expanse of earth.  I saw colors and shades in nature that would make any watercolorist zealous to paint.

You will see creatures:  the matte-black prehistoric-looking Double-crested Cormorant and the American White Pelican along with varieties of birds darting, swooping and floating on thermals. The short movies will show the marsh in motion. Note: The wind across the open marsh often made the sound recording muffled. Oh well, next time I’ll bring some high tech sound equipment and some wading boots!

Behold the Kingdom of God. Behold the good.

Horicon Marsh south end looking south, near WI RT 28 ©Ann Johnson Kingdom Venturers

Horicon Marsh south end looking south, near WI RT 28
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Horicon Marsh south end looking north, near WI RT 28 ©Ann Johnson Kingdom Venturers

Horicon Marsh south end looking north, near WI RT 28
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American White Pelican ©Ann Johnson Kingdom Venturers

American White Pelican
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St. Mary’s Park: April Showers Bring May Flowers – After the Flood

Yesterday I drove over to St. Mary’s Park in Saint Charles, IL.  I typically go for long walks at St. Mary’s after winter recedes and spring bursts out.

Burst out it did!  As you will see much of the park along the Fox River had been under water because of the recent heavy rains.

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