August 25, 2012

An informal hedge...

When Edward Scissorhands met Henry Moore

Freeform topiary hedging by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Making a statement with topiary!
I pass by this house every month on the way to visit a client and simply marvel at the artist's vision/chutzpah. What's going through his mind as he clips away, transforming a fugly and ancient siberian elm hedge into...well, its hard to describe.

Free-form? Post-modern? Conceptual?

Would a wall of boxwood trimmed compulsively elicit anything close a response? Unlikely.

You bump into people like this everyday. Outwardly seemingly normal but given some sharp hedge clippers and a lot of time, fantastic ideas and forms spring forward. Perhaps not the words this guy's neighbour uses but anyway...

Freeform hedge by garden muses: a Toronto gardening  blog
Concave or convex? Depends on where you're standing
How can a shrub trigger a memory? When I first saw this:

Another view of freeform topiary hedging by garden muses: a toronto gardening  blog
It takes a steady hand...

I was reminded of  Henry Moore's commissioned work installed in 1966 in Toronto's new city hall. Officially, it's called "Three-Way Piece No.  2" but most people know it as "the Archer"  located in Nathan Phillips Square. I remember playing in and around the structure as a very small and young child, the metal hot to the touch with the sunlight drenching the square.

Funny how this association occurred....

Henry Moore's sculpture called Three Way Piece No. 2 located in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square's Peace Garden

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