A few weeks ago in my studio clay class, our assignment was to make ceramic wall art, some kind of installation or piece that could be hung on a wall. I made a couple of things – a set of glazed tubes and a set of glazed tiles. I made the tile set because I was not sure the tube idea, my first choice, would work out.
Well, it did turn out well, so the tiles were extraneous to my purposes. Actually, both sets of objects are kind of…extras. I really don’t need anything more for my walls and so I kind of had other ideas for both arrays of objects when I was making them.
I wanted to put them outdoors as art drop-offs. And that is what I am in the process of doing! Today was the first step.
Let me back up and explain a little more. Here is the array of tiles I made.
You see that they have holes in them – one in each corner. My idea was that if I had turned them into a wall piece, I would attach them to each other with wire, in some configuration.
I thought about doing it, but I decided I just didn’t want to put the time into it. The project’s excitement quotient for me was middling. I’d rather be doing something else.
So…on March 8 my husband and I took 6 of the tiles to the Fort Washington State Park and left them in various locations. We followed the 5K cross country route, walking it. Here we go.
We parked at the bird observation stand and walked down the hill, turning on to the trail running along the perimeter of the park. As you can see, it was a beautiful day, sunny and mild.
We left the first tile on the hay bale that protects sledders from crashing into it…
they come down this hill when there is snow. This winter, though, there has been NONE, and so this lone hay bale is all that has been needed. Usually the park puts out a multi-bale barricade.
Next stop – this birdhouse. The little sign says it is an Eagle Scout’s project. We participated by leaving a tile. If you are looking for it, it is at birdhouse 29…
The third tile ended up on this picnic table. If you are wondering where to look for it, it is near the knobbly-trunk tree.
We continued on. The ground has gradually been rising but now we are getting ready to ascend to the upper level of the park via a steeper trail. We left the fourth tile hanging on a branch at the entrance to the trail. It had occurred to me that maybe it would have been nice to attach loops to the tiles so that they could be hung on tree branches, but I didn’t get around to it. I think I will try it for the ones I have remaining from the set. I like how the tile looks on the tree.
The upper level of the park is devoted to group camping – Boy Scouts and other organizations use the area and there are several campsites.We left the fifth tile on a picnic table in one of the campsites, alongside a random object that had already taken a spot there:
From there we continued back to our starting point and began the last leg of the trip. The 5K course repeats some of the ground we have covered – remember this section?
and then the course takes a sharp right turn across the park, with a steep uphill climb following the power lines. This hill is a challenge to climb. By the end of the summer I will be able to run it again, but today…we walked. At the top we stopped and looked back down the hill (and I am telling you, photos do not convey the steepness…)
Anyway, we left a tile on a branch near the top of the hill.
Recovered from our climb, we decided to run back to the car. It was downhill all the way, why not?
Remember, there are three tiles left from the set. I will find a home for them soon.