Sweet Nothings

Riding the Wall

Springy animal rides atop a steel wall in a residential area of Austin, TX

The wait is over, my dear 2.5 readers…I’m happy to tell you that I found our darling mystery mammal from last week sitting atop a wall outside a house in Austin. This isn’t just any old wall – it’s a wall at the same house that had the good sense to don clown-capped garages. That’s right, Virginia, such fabulous places do exist…

The first time I spotted the clowns, I barely noticed the other creatures lurking in the yard; in fact, I remembered them as a sort of waking dream. I went back to the clown compound to check whether the other creatures were all in my imagination, and all it took was rounding the corner from the garages to realize that there’s a whole other treasure trove of playful sculptures surrounding the house. These springy rides are in the good company of a giant flamingo, fez-wearing monkey, and even a baby-shaped sign covered in florescent lights. This all goes to show you what wonderful surprises life may have in store when you’re daring enough to turn the next corner. If I’m ever lucky enough to manufacture kitsch calendars or own a fortune-cookie company, I’ll be sure to include this sentiment in my merchandise. Until then, I’ll take pleasure in imagining these animals prancing off their walls and onto a cookie sheet.

Monkey and his stylish fez standing watch atop the wall

Horse leaping from the wall and onto a cookie sheet near you

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  • Reply Pat Oey December 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    The horse reminds me of when you were little and riding a carousel on Martha’s Vineyard, grabbing for the ring as you went around and around.

  • Reply J. R. Coté December 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I know, isn’t it neat how the horse looks so graceful? I also love that the sculpture is detailed enough that it shows the shadows and curving lines of equine muscles…It reminds me of “The Black Stallion” and, of course, reaching for the brass ring on the Flying Horses.

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