When last seen on our very short ride in upstate New York, Basil and I had encountered this fellow:
He’s inside a marvelous arbor. Basil posed with him, next to the structure:
There’s an impressive crown soaring skyward, with decorative bits at the corners, and a curl of metal floating in the wind.
The rail along the back, just above the elegantly-attired Mr. Goose, features a series of head sculptures.
They’re cast of metal, and feature a most distinctive phiz: a portrait of the artist, perhaps?
There’s a nod to Mr. Goose’s own kind (or his cousins) along a support beam.
Half-hidden behind the arbor is an almost-secret garden, with a clearing, places to sit, and more whimsical creations. Not having been properly invited, we did not enter.
Over to the right were more surprises. Fancy a cup of coffee, anyone? These appear to be coffee grinders (though I suppose they could be spice grinders . . . yuuummm . . . Indian, anyone???)
But wait! What was that rising from the scrub farther to the right?
It’s three colossal figures!
Remember those computer components you tossed? They may have found a new life in New York state, reborn as Component Homage:
Front and center is Steel Man (not to be confused with the Tin Man of Oz fame). (Steel Woman? Who am I to say?)
Farthest right is Spinning Tower (though it doesn’t spin; it’s just enticingly endowed with lots of gears and wheels):
Should anyone care to sit and contemplate these wonders, the creator has provided a bench
. . . a regal bench, no less.
You can just make out part of Basil’s frame, below. He and Mr. Goose visited while I snapped pictures.
Would I have spotted this most unusual garden if I hadn’t been riding my bicycle? Perhaps . . . but then, if I’d been in a car, I would likely have been in a hurry, wouldn’t I, so it just wouldn’t have been the same, would it?
(Rochester, New York)