Julian has a few famous people. One of these local/global treasures is the artist James Hubbell, who lives and works in our little town. Mr. Hubbell has buildings, sculptures and paintings all over the globe. People find his work wildly creative and soaringly beautiful, and he’s known the world over for his visionary spirit, wide artistic range and kind heart.
Guess what? He’s making a piece for our school garden.
Not just any piece—an original gate, inspired by our little garden. This work of art is going to be installed on a section of our school garden that was once a no account piece of broken asphalt in a weedy corner of campus that no one ever visited. This, I believe, is redemption writ large, and it’s all happening in the next two weeks.
I’ll be telling the story in the next couple posts. For now, just know that something remarkable is on its way, and this is the “before.”
Wow Wow Wow! That is so awesome! Can’t wait to see it!!!
It really is! It went in today, and I sat in the shade of the plum tree for a while…watching as kids and teachers walked by it for the first time and responded.
Mr. Hubbell is a gift himself!
I agree. I have really enjoyed getting to know him through this process. I saw him this morning, as we were placing the posts, and I kept wanting to give him a big hug, in my girlish excitement!
very exciting and not at all surprising, intrepid inspiration wrangler.
Intrepid inspiration wrangler! A phrase I am not soon to forget. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the excitement!
Can’t wait. I’ll be watching closely.
I’ll be sure to let you know when the ribbon cutting is! I’d love for you to attend!
How wonderful! I’m sure this will be stunning, and bring a big dose of artistic beauty into the children’s lives.
How wonderful! I’m sure it will be stunning, and a “gateway” to art appreciation for the kids!
And not just art appreciation, but art that comes from their very own community. I love it most when gardens embrace their “sense of place.” You’ll have to come see it in person next time you visit!
I love his work. I first learned of him over 40 years ago when he made a beautiful memorial sundial at Trinity Presbyterian Church in honor of the Breedlove’s son…anyway–what a treasure to have his beautiful work in the garden! I look forward to enjoying it 🙂 Love reading your updates…
Thanks Shari! I’d love to give you a tour next time you’re up here, and have you over for coffee too! Much love to you—
A one of a kind gate that connects to a path that connects E1 to E2.I love this idea.dad
I love how official that sounds, but for once, I “get” your joke! It won’t be the only thing (person) straddling two campuses!
Love the anticipation!! Can’t wait to see the upcoming photos. See- I do respond to blogs!!!!
And so fast! I take back everything I said!
Fun to share with you, knowing how much you love Hubbell’s work too!