Living Dune

4’5″ w x 3’5″ h

This collector lived in the sand dunes right at the Lake Michigan shore, in an unusual house she and her husband designed. She wanted shapes from the dunes and from a native reed she loved represented in the large sculpture she commissioned. Elana designed it to mount on the exterior of her house next to the entrance, with bolts through the wall so it could not be stolen.

This was one of just a few sculptures Elana made for exterior installation, before realizing that outdoor wood sculptures take too much maintenance for owners to keep up with–even when a sculpture is under a building’s eave or its own little custom roof. Sun, rain, mildew, birds’ and squirrels’ chewing–all take their toll. She no longer makes sculptures for exterior sites.

I have such a warm feeling of pleasure each time I pull into the drive and see it there beside the door. I really consider it a unique ornament, on a unique house.

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