Wednesday Vignette – being watched?

So… I had this idea. I found a bunch of glass globes, and figured I would add some wire, and hang them in the thicket of Viburnum branches that form a canopy above my outdoor seating area. I put tea lights in them, and quite frankly – from a distance they look quite nice. Great, white orbs, illuminating the space. What I didn’t account for though, is that sitting underneath them, you get a distinct feeling of being watched. Not in a creepy way – just watched. The shadow created by the candle itself becomes the pupil, and the flickering of the flame gives the illusion of a continuously, ever so slightly animated iris. Together, the two form staring, reactive eyeballs. Or, if you prefer an alternate interpretation – you are being surrounded by a number of animated, glowing boobs, complete with nipples and areolas.

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I have about a dozen of them, suspended from the branches. Whatever way you read them, they do add to the night time experience of my garden, and despite their anthropomorphic qualities, I do like them. This evening was spent in their light, together with friends. It was quite lovely, and a nice ending to a very mediocre day. What do you think? Are they boobs, or are they eyeballs? They really could be both…

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – being watched?

  1. Wendy Bellovary says:

    Eyeballs, definitely. Or, very young boobs, maybe. Anna, you are such a trip. So glad you can maintain your sense of humor in spite of all the gloom surrounding us. See, you are the one who can still light a candle (or an eyeball/boob/lantern) instead of cursing the darkness. Stay strong. Love, Wendy

    On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 11:49 PM, Flutter & Hum wrote:

    > annamadeit posted: “So… I had this idea. I found a bunch of glass > globes, and figured I would add some wire, and hang them in the thicket of > Viburnum branches that form a canopy above my outdoor seating area. I put > tea lights in them, and quite frankly – from a distance th” >

  2. Mark and Gaz says:

    It looks like an eyeball!

  3. Chloris says:

    Yes, definitely eyeballs. I am joining in with your Wednesday Vignette meme this week Anna. https://thebloominggarden.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/wednesday-vignette-starfish-plant/

  4. Peter Herpst says:

    Both. Why are your eyes always on my boobs? It was a great idea to use the globes this way and I hope you’ll post images of the entire group!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Peter – will try to post a follow-up photo. Would have done it here, but by the time I thought of it, I had blown out all the candles, and felt too sleepy to relight them again. Next time, I’ll get an overall shot.

  5. Alison says:

    I vote for boobs. Definitely boobs. But then, I’m still basically twelve years old. What a great way to repurpose the globes.

  6. Kris P says:

    Ha! They definitely struck me as eyeballs but I can see the boob allusion too. My WV is another ode to the weather: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/09/wednesday-vignette-promise-unfulfilled.html

  7. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Would love to see a wide shot of all of them together! Every year I think that adding some lighting to the garden would be a good idea, but then I never do. Probably because there’s so few days in which sitting out there would be comfortable…

    • annamadeit says:

      The men in my family presented me with some fantastic solar lights. They are wonderful and make the garden lovely to look at, even if you only enjoy it from the inside. I’m so thrilled with them, they are about to become another blog post soon. I swear, every garden should have a few – they are so cool!

  8. Wow, this is quite a special effect. i do see the eye, but to me it actually looks cheery instead of creepy.

    Here’s my vignette this week. Daytime-y and full of color if you like annuals: http://www.succulentsandmore.com/2016/09/wednesday-vignette-victoria-bc-tulip.html

  9. annamadeit says:

    I don’t really perceive them as creepy either. They are more like unexpected company that showed up. 🙂

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