Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Second Little Pig

The first little pig built his house out of straw, the second little pig built his house out of sticks, and the third little pig built his house out of bricks. And what we have here is the second little pig's house. We saw this last weekend at a botanical garden. It is called "Meadowmorphosis" and was built by internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty. He has built over 175 stick sculptures all over the world, has a book out (Stickwork) with pictures of them, and was in People magazine for this reason. He uses trees and saplings right on the sight where he builds. He does not connect this sculpture in any way with the little pigs, but that is the first thing I thought of when I saw it. In the children's story, the little pig's mother told them,"Whatever you do, do it the best that you can because that's the way to get along in the world." The one who listened to his mother was saved. In a similar way, our Father tells us how to build houses, and whoever listens to him is truly saved.


   "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
   "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was it's fall."
Matthew 7:24,27

28 comments:

Annie said...

The limits of creative know no bounds. I'll have to google the artist. He's new to me.

George said...

I agree that this stick house is very creative. I can see why you connected it to the nursery rhyme.

Karin said...

Love that little chorus with the actions - The foolish man built his house upon the sand and then The wise man built his house upon a rock!Was just reminded of this! Very creative stick houses!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That guy is really talented, Ginny... I think I've read something about Patrick Dougherty before. WOW--what talent he has. Thanks for sharing...

Where did you see the hogs/pigs?????? Perfect for your story ---and neat that you tied in the Bible Story with it.

Hugs,
Betsy

Ann said...

I like the way they used the twigs. I once did a post on this too with the house up in smoke.

The kiwi fruit is a brown furry skin like an egg.

SquirrelQueen said...

I like those houses, he is a very creative artist. His name sounds familiar, I must have seen it somewhere. I really like the way you tied his houses t to the story of The Three Little Pigs.

The little guys in your header are so cute.

Joanne said...

The forth picture looks like it's from a fairy tale book!
So cool!
Blessings, Joanne

Bobbi said...

How neat!!! And how true! Once again, great post Ginny!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What an interesting sculpture!

I want to raise a pig. The hubby says no.

Lucy said...

Those are so cool! I want one in my back yard. And I'll take the little piggy too.

Sandra said...

these are fascinating and I have always love the three little pigs story. i can't tell if these are miniature or big enough for us to walk in. they are amazing. your header is wonderful. those sweet ugly little faces just captured my heart. i love dogs, cows, horses, alpacas, donkeys and PIGS.. great post great words great application to life

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Very creative artist and I would have loved to see those upclose. I made sitck fish several years ago from a fallen tree in the yard. My brother has several on his wall.

Hope you are staying cool.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, Well, we know the Rock, doen't we? Of course you and I do! Great pictures of these stick structures. I also have admired similarly built furniture of Willow. Have a super nice day!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Again Ginny, Oh course it does help if I spell correctly before pushing the comment post button. HA! Oh well...

From the Kitchen said...

I'm going to use your blog as a travel guide for my next trip to your area.

Have a great weekend.

Best,
Bonnie

hip-chick said...

that is so cool. I've never seen anything like that before.

LC said...

Really intriguing structure with the Ginny touch: connecting it to the beloved children's tale and the Scripture about the wise man and the foolish man!

Stephanie V said...

I think those are wonderful. They remind me of Russian spires.

Fred Alton said...

I love that story. Believe it or not - When I was a teen-ager there was a preacher in our church who specialized in preaching from Nursery Rhymes!

Shug said...

Extremely cute!
What fun this must have been....

Those things in my lake picture are tree stumps.... The water level is usually way above the tree stumps. When the lake is full, you can't even see them...the lake is at least 5 feet low..

Have a great weekend.....

Rose said...

That gives me ideas!!!! Probably won't follow through...but wish I had the stuff to do what I have in mind....

Mildred said...

Very interesting art work!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is funny how you connected his art to Three Little Pigs but I would too. They are beautiful.

Regina said...

Oh gosh..where in the world do you find this stuff!! I love it! What a charming crew and such talent- wow! A perfect verse.
I have a pig and krispy kreme story but would need some work
(ha ha)
Nice going Ginny-
(those lanterns were taken while at Starbucks in town across from a Japanese mission) thanks

Ann said...

those are amazing. Did you see the pigs at the same place? They really do make a good header picture

Chatty Crone said...

I love the three little pigs - those houses are amazing!

Pamela said...

Love the art -- will look for his book.

May we all obey God.

Charlotte said...

This is so sweet. Love the pictures and the comparison. I always liked the story of the three little pigs. Hadn't thought about it in years. Thank you for sharing your insight.
Blessings,
Charlotte