Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Flying the Nest



Approximately eighteen moons ago, the Mr resigned from his job at a large production company and declared himself self employed AND working from home. Given I am also a self employed AND working from home person, you may correctly imagine the teething problems intrinsic in such an arrangement. We are most of the way, to most of the time working through the territorial issues. The shed and back garden, is, well, the domain of the Mr and if I’m tidying my studio, I just squint past the corner that he inhabits.

There are benefits that go with both Mum and Dad at home twenty four seven: we share the childcare, we all eat dinner together at a kid-conducive nana hour. The downside is neither of us ever get away from our work and it’s tough finding new stuff to gossip about: there is little office politicking that doesn’t hit close to home. We could both do with getting out more.

With all this working-where-we-live bizzo, things have been getting a little crowded. Not least because there are eight large bits of sculpture inhabiting our back garden. Eight ‘totems’ fashioned from marine pilings (the ‘leg’ bits that hold up a pier), provide a home for numerous bronze cast critters. After much pfaffery and delay, they are finally ready to fly the nest, to their new home in Canberra.

I’m feeling a bit indignant that they’re leaving home. I have invested a whole lot of eardrum into their making – listening to four months of power tools, preparing the totem poles alone. And the uber drill drove me around the bend. I couldn’t make a phone call while it took two days to produce each hole for the talking tubes (you can whisper stuff from pole to pole). No, I do not know how our neighbours put up with it. We were in constant consultation, but they were just thrilled that we had helped get their twenty-something out the door, early in the mornings, finding employment.

I admit, I'll miss them all. Fare thee well, beady-eyed, Tawny Frogmouth:



Mr Goanna, with your lovely textures:



King of the River, Murray Cod...



...peering up from below the surface of the water:



Swim safe, little froggy, with your water ripple necklace:



Look before you leap:



Keep warm at night, Possum:



Don’t forget the mouthwash, Dung Beetle:



Keep a good eye on everybody, Currawong:



The Mr isn’t sentimental at all. He’s already started work on a two metre head of one of Australia’s ex-prime ministers. No power tools involved in this one. Thank goodness for small mercies. I have half an eye on this artwork for temporary trellis potential. We have tomatoes to grow.

36 comments:

Christine from Canberra said...

A new home in Canberra you say? Where? I'd love to go see them in real life, the pictures are beautiful :o)

Alisa said...

They look fantastic, look at those textures! The Myrtle and Eunic-averse gets more and more intriguing by the day.

Cindy said...

Wow what an amazing Mr you have! And what een better neighbours. The creatures are just divine, I would feel a little sad that they were leaving home too.
As a work form homer I so understand ever word that you are saying, except that Glen use to be the stay at home dad so we were all on top of each other too.

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

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Now seriously, that is just showing off... both of you.

Thanks for giving me something else to look forward to when I next visit Canberra.
W

One Flew Over said...

What a talented Mr you have! The two of you make a formidable duo!!

peppermintpatcher said...

They are outstanding! I particularly love the fish winding its way around the pole. I live with a certain fish-adoring man who will be in awe of this as well.

Congratulations on sending them off to a new home.

katiecrackernuts said...

Looks amazing and I am sure there will be a number of comments along that line, but when you live with your creative other half, their "work" can seem a bit ho-hum, especially if it's noisy.
It does look amazing though. Sorry, who commissioned it?

mrs smith said...

Mr can sculpt!

We are considering moving our Mr home too. I love the idea and it also makes me nervous. We will also be sharing the house with his creations of a not an insiginificant size. Hmmm. t makes for a very small world on a small island, huh?


I do hope the dung beetle remembers the mouthwash, nothing worse than a guest with dungbreath.

Tammy James said...

So to where should I wander to see these beautiful pieces IRL. Are they gracing our zoo, art gallery ... A public place somewhere here in the A.C.T ?

M* (Melanie) said...

Wow that's incredible! What a clever Mr you have! Such a creative household!

Bek said...

Wow. They are amazing! Love the talking tube idea too. (Though ironically you couldn't talk during their construction!)

elly bee said...

one word: brilliant!!!

Loz and Dinny said...

Jeez louise ... you've been hiding his light under a bushel, non? What an incredibly talented pair you two make ... beautiful ... wish I lived in Canberra then I could jump the delivery van...

Hayley Egan said...

I hope you don't mean Howard because power tools or not, that would be a most disturbing project to have going on in your backyard...X

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Marvellous work! Thanks for the peek.

Mel said...

Goodness it's a darn good thing he quit his day job! They are stunning! I can understand you being sad to let them go. Great photos to remember them by though :)

Leonie Guld said...

Wow!!! they are pretty dam fine!!!

elly bee said...

ps. love the possum, was the one in the shed Mr.'s model?
x

Jodie said...

Hell!!!! - They are each and all spectacular in every way ......
I'd love to see them all together, with whispers being whispered...

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

How talented is he?!!! Amazing :)

Cathy (tinniegirl) said...

They are beautiful. I can't believe you've kept them to yourself (and the neighbours) all this time.

Mookah said...

Wow! What amazing work. 2 such creative people co-habitating, mmm, it must get tough. Love hearing stories of people giving up their day job for a creative life! Thanks for sharing.

Becky said...

They are wonderful, what a clever Mr you have!

CurlyPops said...

What a talented hubby you have. Wowee they are completely amazing! Where in Canberra are they heading to?

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a talented duo you are! What amazing sculptures - no wonder you don't want to part with them.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

So your children are all destined to become accountants then .
All the animals are beautiful but I really want the frogs . I'm sure they'd like it here .... there's plenty of water .

Sue said...

What great sculpture. As much as I wanted the possum to be my favourite, I'm afriad it's that gorgeous cod. Well done to Mr and his supportive family

Cath from chunkychooky said...

I love the Twny frogmouth- its myfavourite flying beast!!!

dillpickle said...

They are quite magnificent, really. Are they going to Canberra to be displayed in public? I love the way bronze weathers. My dad recently retired from a predominantly bronze foundry that he was instrumental in starting nearly 30 years ago. They pour for a few sculptors around the place. Where does your Mr get his work poured?

The Sice Family said...

They are just GORGEOUS! My goodness, what a talent.Wendy xxx

Kaylovesvintage said...

Hi Mister M, love your work
I'm freelance and I guess I would like MisterK to work from home also
and then we buy a house in Kent and Mister&Mrs M would come to stay
........

Jo James said...

My Mr and I have been doing the Home thing for almost 4 years now. We never have anything to talk about anymore ;)
You're on the right track with the separate workspaces thing.

Brilliant work!

Nikki Cardigan said...

How clever is your husband! Wowzers. His sculptures are incredible. Those little frogs are just amazing. So given that we have seen your creative talents making some very cute frogs, maybe there is some sort of unrecognised connection happening between you and the Mr - sharing your creative spaces and creative thoughts. Maybe...

Fe said...

Wow! I wish I could see the sculpture in it's entirety! It's absolutely incredible!

I work from home... and it's incredibly difficult to escape and turn off and just focus on the kids. I have to be very very strict with myself... and even diarise the kids on occasion! (anything to get them to not complain that I'm on the computer too much!).

kellyi said...

Wow. My OH works from home, but he creates transformers, which are boring.

Sigh. I wish he filled our garden with beautiful sculptures, rather than oddments of wood and the occasional swear word that filters through from the garage (his domain).

Really. Wow.

pennygj said...

How amazing! How sad they had to go away. I hope he's making another one!