Getting Freaky!

For the past few years, we keep witnessing a phenomenon that is, quite frankly, getting a little freaky! We call it the ‘Peckasso Phenomenon’. The first time we saw it, it was pretty cool. A bird seed block that had been pecked to the point of an interesting organtic form….

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We had been putting bird seed blocks out for many years, but had never seen anything like this. I’m not sure if it’s just because we never noticed, or the birds pecking it had never created such an interesting piece of ‘art’.

So, after this, we did notice!….It was hard not to notice, because now, every bird seed block that we put out is transformed into something! But what’s weird, it’s not just any something! It’s always a sculptural representation of the critters in Todd’s Backyard. For instance, the next creation was on a seed block out in the middle of the yard where lots of rabbits hang out….

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Then, right after Gerti, our tortoise, came to live with us, this is what we found at the seed block that was just outside her enclosure…

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Ok.. you might be thinking, tortoises don’t stand up like that. Well, Gerti actually does like to pull herself upright along the wall…kinda weird.

The next installation was created, again, on the seed block in the middle of the yard. It was in the spring when all of the quail are running around with their babies…

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Maybe a stretch, but, hey, I can see it!

Next?….

PeckassoA crouching roadrunner.

Can Peckasso top this one? I think so!

We were astounded to discover this last week on the seed block that sits right outside the chicken coop…

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WTF!

Weird, True, Freaky!!!

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Crazy?… Creepy?… or Just Amazing?

Ok….this is getting kind of weird. Every birdseed block Todd has put out over the past year has been pecked, nibbled, and munched to create amazing formations that visually resemble something in the surrounding area. I have dubbed this phenomenon as ‘Peckasso’- a collaborative artistic effort of the local birds.

This amazing process caught our attention, when we saw this…

A prickly pear cactus?

Next, this was pretty cool:

Looks like a bunny to me…

Todd put two blocks out a couple of months ago about the same time. We paid close attention to the development of the artwork …was it just coincidence, or did the birds really have something goin’ on?

One block  quickly took form…

Obviously a bird- perhaps a dove, or a quail with a baby?

The morning that we discovered this work, we checked the other block to see what progress was made there. But, at that time, there seemed to be little vision to Peckasso’s creation on the other side of the yard.

We didn’t think about it again until Todd stumbled on this the other day…

Does anyone else see what we see?

This block is located just outside the Tortoise garden. Hmmmmm????

A Peckasso Masterpiece…Exhibit #2

Yes, it’s true…Peckasso does live in Todd’s Backyard! And, has created, yet, another breathtaking sculptural masterpiece! It has given ‘cubism’ a whole new meaning!

Luckily, I was able to document the entire creative process, cooperative spirit and hard physical work which went into the creation of this fascinating organic installation piece.

It all started with a cube (of birdseed).

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Intriguing! As you can see, the composition had developed into a harmonious pattern of crevices with a deep appreciation for the material being used.

Over the next weeks, we continued to spy on the artists, intent on their creative pursuit…

Curiouser and curiouser… As we watched the work in progress, we were filled with questions and anticipation….what would the final piece be?…What could the genius behind this collective masterpiece have in mind?

After a few more weeks, we could see distinct progress…

The graceful curving lines flowed effortlessly, to create visual interest and kindle a strong emotional twinge….but, what is it?  At this point it was still uncertain, but taking shape very nicely!

The excitement mounted as the work got closer to its completion. The creative energy was palpable. More and more ‘artists’ joined the effort….

It has been about a month since the work started.

We have watched Peckasso laboring over this monumental work every morning and every afternoon. Finally, this morning, I thought I would go check on the progress. Surely it was close to completion! And, alas….it was!…. Todd will be so excited to see it when he comes home from work!

Dove in Contemplation

It’s so lovely to share a yard with birds of im-peckable taste!

See the post on 5/3/2010: Peckasso Lives in Todd’s Backyard to see previous works of ahhh!