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Red cardinals come to Dancing Red Ranch

Today was a big day at Dancing Red Ranch. We took delivery on a garden sculpture — “Ocotillo” — by Houston-based artist Damon J. Thomas. We fell in love with the flock of gently swaying red cardinals when we saw them exhibited down by the creek at TASTE Wine + Art Gallery in Johnson City late last fall. Gently tethered above a large stone by curled rebar “branches,” our ceramic cardinals manage to be all at once ponderous, and humorous, and stately. For Thomas, birds are a symbol of the spirit; likewise, we cherish the beauty and delight of all our birds here at Dancing Red. (A pair of hummingbirds have discovered the new coral honeysuckle vines, which are just smothered in flowers for their first spring. We ate dinner out on the porch, and the sound of the hummingbirds was intense. I thought it was a truck up on the road!)

It took us a while to decide where to place the sculpture. Finally, we planted it — after all, it is “Ocotillo” — in the midst of oaks, redbuds, cedar elms, and crape myrtles that we’ve added at the front of the house. Half tree, half flock of birds, the sculpture is a happy splash of red to welcome visitors down the long green drive.

Here’s a slidshow of how gallery co-owner Warren Vilmaire and his assistant, the sculptor Eric Krause, assembled “Ocotillo.”

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4 Responses to We welcome a new sculpture!

  1. Thora Qaddumi April 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Charming! And what a lovely presentation. You couldn’t have found a finer work or a piece by an artist who better represents the beauty, philosopy and spirit that is evident in your description. I’m happy for you and also for Damen.

    • Ann Daly April 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

      Thanks, Thora! we bedded in the sculpture on Sunday, and it looks spectacular! Like that flock of red cardinals has always lived with us.

  2. Pam/Digging May 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    I love it! I just got back from Arizona, where I saw lots of ocotillo in bloom, but they never seem to grow well here. This is the perfect, light-hearted alternative for central Texas.

    • Ann Daly May 7, 2014 at 1:22 am #

      Good to know about the ocotillo, Pam. I was thinking about trying one on the upper rock garden. I may reconsider now.

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