Monday Mellow Yellow – 57

Monday Mellow Yellow – 57
Ruby Tuesday Too – 43

(new site)

“Lighter” Kenny Hill

With a plethora of photos taken at the Sculpture Garden of Kenny Hill,  I intentionally spaced them over the past few months.  Most of the pieces are laden with multiple interpretations. I did not want to overwhelm my readers.

Kenny did have some fun pieces, sprinkled among the grounds.  Although I must admit on second, third or fourth thought, these creations may have multiple interpretations as well.   During this particular point of my life, however, I choose to look at these in a more playful light.

Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden


For previous photos:
Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden
Chauvin, Louisiana

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Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden

Kenny Hill, a bricklayer by day, and self-taught artist by evening and weekend, created over 100 pieces of sculpture out of cement and wire mesh. He was a private man, and the folk art pieces he created were not meant for anyone’s eyes but his. It is said he denied interviews and photographs. Not much is known about him, other than he started working on this folk art world in 1989 – 1990. He began transforming his shaded bayou environment into a mesmerizing chronicle of the world as seen through his eyes. There is a profound mixture of Biblical reference, with bright Cajun colors and stark black, with evident themes of pain, inner struggle, conflict between good and evil. A message of salvation is intertwined throughout the pieces. He has figures of black and white, male, female, a child, soldiers as well as many self-portrayals. All of the pieces are guided, supported or lifted by various versions of angels. Some of the angels seem celestial, some inviting while others seem daunting. Towards the back of the garden is the most prominent piece in the garden … a lighthouse. It is 45 feet tall, composed of 7,000 bricks, with figures clinging to the outside: cowboys, soldiers, angels, God, and Hill himself.

In January 2000, after having a disagreement with the local parish (one speculation), Kenny abruptly left the site and area. When visitors discovered his absence they found a hand painted message above the kitchen sink: “HELL IS HERE, WELCOME.”

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Monday Mellow Yellow – 57

Ruby Tuesday Too – 43
(new site)

© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2013

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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5 Responses to Monday Mellow Yellow – 57

  1. WoW…thank you for sharing.
    Peace
    Siggi

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  2. I love these although I have noticed the sinister side! There is a garden similar in Chartres, France, a dustbin collector Picassiette, used to save china plates etc from the bins he emptied. He would then break them into bits and do mosaics on his walls, paths, sheds, everywhere. The mosaics made pictures which all reflected heaven or life. It is a wonderful place, you can see some of the pictures on this website x http://www.thejoyofshards.co.uk/picassiette/

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    • becca givens says:

      Oh I would enjoy being able to have mosaics in my garden — I’ve started collecting as I break china, but I think I’ll be too old by the time I have enough! 😀 Thank you for the link!

      I am sure each item in the garden had meaning to interpret — at this point though I am choosing the lighter versions — maybe later I will delve into the additional meanings. His larger pieces have enough to ponder. Thank you for visiting. Happy Week for you and yours!!

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  3. adinparadise says:

    He certainly has a vivid imagination, and a great sense of humour. 🙂

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