Saturday, May 3, 2008

Sanctuary

"Sanctuary" is an intriguing sculpture by Ted Whisenhunt, associate professor of art at Judson College in Marion, and it earned a blue ribbon at the March 2008 Arts Revive show in Selma.

Any idea about the background for the theme?
The "little house" has a pole inside that is topped with an upside-down, blue bottle. Why are the outside poles painted white on the bottom?

I really don't know what the artist was thinking when he designed this, but being a native of Alabama, I might have an idea!

Oh yes! Whisenhunt not only teaches art. He is lead singer and a musician with the Kudzu String Band.

9 comments:

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

very cool installation!

Looks like a house in the forest where one could have peace and quite.

Some people paint the bottom of their trees with white stuff to protect them.

Could also be a political statement about those people who prefer to be surrounded by a total lack of diversity?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! I LOVE that string band! SUPER!

Jim said...

I may not get it, but it looks neat, and I would probably stare at it trying to figure it out.

babooshka said...

It's quite a striking piece,certainly different

marley said...

What a cool piece of art!

Steve Buser said...

I would expect that without the white paint on the sticks, it seems too wild and disorderly to be a sanctuary. I think the work captures the theme well.

Rambling Round said...

Thanks for your comments. I think the theme has to do with folklore and superstitions of the Deep South. The bottle on the pole in the little house probably represents a bottle tree, which was used to ward off evil spirits. The poles represent trees.

George Townboy said...

Very interesting!

Small City Scenes said...

To me it says 'prison' not Sanctuary. So inclosed. the whole outdoors is sanctuary to me. MB