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Wade Wharton's Art Environment, August 2010 Update

Thursday, August 05, 2010

I spent yesterday afternoon with my friend Wade Wharton, the gentleman who the city of Huntsville had taken to court over his art environment a couple of years ago.  He's been working on many new projects - can't wait to show:

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Wade Wharton's Art Environment 080510


Wade Wharton's Art Environment 080510


Wade Wharton's Art Environment 080510


This is going to be Jack and the Beanstalk made from rakes - he's going to start making the Jack figure soon:
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Chigger:
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(thankfully we didn't get any chigger bites but mosquitoes got me at least ten times)


He's known for his bottle trees - he probably has the most and largest bottle trees in the state - but for this one he used those gorgeous old insulators:
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Bombay Sapphire Gin bottles - so pretty:
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Wade Wharton's Art Environment 080510


My favorite is the Volkswagen man:
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Wade Wharton's Art Environment 080510


Flywheel flowers:
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This dragonfly is so much larger than it appears here:
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A set of several pics here and from a previous visit are here in my Flickr set.


The entire property is this lush garden full of bamboo, flowers, bonsai:
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Incredible handcrafted outdoor rooms, giant metal mobiles, a greenhouse...  Just look how this rock is planted.  I need to have the number for the photography department at Southern Living programmed into my cell phone.
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Here he is...
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What would the world be like without dreamers and do-ers?  Here we have both.  Love you, Mr. Wharton!




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P.S. Mr. Wharton welcomes visitors.  You can see him at the end of Nassau Drive in Huntsville, Alabama.  He also sells blue bottles for fellow bottle tree aficionados, and bamboo too.  He's been a treasure to the Botanical Gardens up there - even helped start their fern garden - and is a font of information on plants.  


P.P.S. You'll love him too.

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