Wednesday, March 3, 2010

(Backyard) Wanderlust Wednesday

From time to time, I am confronted with nastiness.

The kind that someone will spit out in exasperation.

The kind that - regardless of the heat of the moment - is still rather hurtful.

But when someone once sniped at me "You have no desire to change the world, Baroness. You just want to redecorate it"?

Well, Missy - you are going to have to expand your repertoire just a tad, because I take this as nothing short of an extreme compliment.

Which is why I love Christo & Jean-Claude - wrapping shit up, one monolith at at time:

Reichstag, 1994

Don't like your trees?

No worry - they can do those, too:

so weird and intriguing...
(during the daylight hours only, though)
(I would probably squidge a little if I saw them at night)

The only issue I have with Monsier C et Co. is that they pretty much work in a monochromatic palette.

I need more.

Imagine, then, when one Michael Lin took on the task of decorating our downtown Art Gallery for the Olympics, in a project called "The Modest Veil":

Tres jolie, non?

Even more awesome is this angle, which not only shows the installation, but a tree that Christo didn't manage to get his fabric-festooning mitts on:

If I may, for a moment, remove this modest veil?

(because it's kinda scratchy and hot and it casts an unflattering shadow on my smug mug...)


It's a cherry tree.

In bloom.

In February.


Where I live.

Don't be hatin'.


Anonymous said...

When it comes to words, you are in the Ruling Minority, Baronness. Obviously, the hater had no idea what s/he was getting into, with that backhanded compliment.

Must be the theme, lately.

baronessvonb said...

Countess Ti: Oh, I'm pretty sure that this person is well aware of the venom they spew. They just could give a rip about how their little daggers rip through the flesh of others. Their ilk seldom does.

LOVED your post (as usual) - you have such a gift.

[wv: mentioni: Italian directive to spread the word about your brilliance!]

Anonymous said...

Venomous they may be, but you served that tennis ball right back into their court- with the dignity and grace of Royalty.

And... thank you.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

But wait, dear Baroness.

Redecorating, by virtue of the fact that you are taking things and putting them elsewhere and possibly recovering them in all new fabrics and also perhaps adding new furniture, IS change, non?

Re-decorate = change. It's possible to accomplish both, and I'm sure you do it exceedingly well.

baronessvonb said...

Countess CBW: I'm afraid that for me, like many other control freaks of the world, change=bad. Yet you say re-decorate=change.

Damn this new math.

I am trying, trying, trying to be more fluid about it all. Because I do recognize that change also=inevitable + evolution x effort.

Diane said...

Yup, change=inevitable. For some folks, spewing venom is inevitable.

For me, I would have to decorate before I could re-decorate!

And our cherry trees and doing their thing too... pretty, non?


baronessvonb said...

Countess AG: Whatever do you mean,
'I would have to decorate'? Woman, you crazy. I've been to your finely appointed home - no milk crates or cardboard furniture anywhere!

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