August 11, 2005 - Ed for Ed's Sake
Right above the roaring lion in the famous MGM logo is the Latin phrase, ars gratia artis. In English it means, “Art FOR art’s sake” Unless MGM’s CEO back then was a guy named Art, the words in the logo relate to the idea that art alone is the motive, not money or fame. Of course this doesn’t explain the release of Queen Latifah’s Beauty Shop (Barber Shop with a female slant). But who are we to hold up mirrors?
On the Mission side of Mission Canyon Road, just south of Foothill Road, there sits an artistic creation for whom there was no commission, gallery opening, or website launch. It was the labor of one of the young residents of the eclectic, artsy house behind it. The house, which looks a little run-down, sits on a large corner lot filled with oak trees and boulders.
The land is probably worth a pretty penny, but pennies don’t seem to be the object here.
A couple of years ago, a young sculptor could be seen at all hours converting an ordinary tree stump into a larger than life Indian face. It took many weeks to complete. And, contrary to rumor, he didn’t use a chain saw like those guys in Monterey.
If the dedicated staff of edhat.com is not mistaken, about a year after completion, the statue was re-worked, making the face rounder and happier.
The statue today shows an Indian with what appears to be a ceremonial headpiece. His closed eyes don’t see the passing traffic, and his closed mouth smiles contentedly. In the last couple of years, the leaves of the the tree behind the statue have been growing in front of the Indian.
It makes it seem as if he is moving backwards, retreating into the small forest from which he came.
The entrance to the driveway of the old house has been known, in recent years, for some other roadside attractions. For a while, there was a really cool mailbox there that was shaped like an animal. Sadly, vandals destroyed the mailbox. The mailbox in front of the house today, used to have frogs glued all over it, but the frogs all fell off and/or were taken (maybe moved to the frog shrine).
Two things that have not gone away in front of the house are the feathers that kids stick into the telephone pole on their way home from school, and the statue of the Indian.
It could be that the dedicated staff is mistaken in saying that the statue is of an Indian. Most of the guesses in yesterday’s contest had a Hawaiian theme. Chuck’s Steak House and Kahuna Grill were the most popular guesses. Copperwyrd, N'hat, Ken, and Cutrightliz didn’t identify the statue's ethnicity, but they did know the location. The four champions were thrown to the dogs – the Edhat dog, that is. Four pieces of cheddar cheese were thrown onto the lawn in strategic locations. The dog, who is a firm believer in food for food’s sake, ran quickly to the lawn, consuming Copperwyrd’s piece first, thus identifying Wyrd as the winner of a $25 gift certificate to Santa Barbara Scrapbook.
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