Big Butt: Complete

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Finished the stand for the big butt. The clay pot is 9.5 inches (24 cm) tall and 10 inches (25.5 cm) in diameter.

I made the flowers and leaves from various papers I had on hand, 18 and 22 gauge stem wire and florist tape. Working in macro takes up way more room and materials!

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I chose the papers because in this context, they looked diseased :)

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As I was working, I heard a crinkling sound. It was Napoleon, my helper cat, ensuring the papers stayed put.

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The flowers are made from the same kind of rice paper as the leaves. Like I said, they look like they are succumbing to something dire.

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I glued a piece of florist foam to the bottom of the pot, and packed in Spanish moss around it. The flower stems were a little too bendy, so I wrapped another length of 18 gauge around them with florist tape.

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After I stuck the flowers in the foam, I packed the pot with layers of glue and all my leftover preserved moss from the Sea House Warming Hut living roof.

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I heard another rustling. This time it was Albie. I guess Napoleon’s shift was over.

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I made a dead flower :(

What do you think of my rendering of disease by toxic chemicals leached into the environment? I used a brown Sharpie marker.

Wait! I don’t want to end this post on such a sad note, so here’s the finished piece again. Isn’t my house a cheerful color? (I didn’t choose it.) I glued bleached moss on the dead side of the pot, and shades of green on the narrow rim that’s still living. Underneath the cigarette is crushed charcoal (and more glue). Note how the living flowers are straining to get away from the big butt. There’s a story here.

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Now I want you all to put on gloves and go outside and pick up all the cigarette litter you see.

(If you’re really dedicated to making a difference, you can keep doing this and save them up — carefully, that stench will get on you — and send them to be safely recycled at Terracycle.)

Unless you want this:

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6 thoughts on “Big Butt: Complete

  1. Barbara W. says:

    You are so creative! (Do you make decorations for Halloween? I want to go trick or treating at your house.)

    I took courage from yesterday’s post to try and deal with the very aggressive chain-smoker at our office and took a coffee can with some kitty litter in it this morning to work. The cigarette butts are now making it into the can instead of littering the sidewalk in front of the office. Progress! (I thank you.)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Hah, thanks, BW. As it happens, I am distinctly decorations-disinclined, unless it’s like a pine cone or a rock or some beach flotsam. I know, I’m dead inside :)
      And omg, I am so proud and so encouraging of your individual effort to prevent litter. Your actions are contagious (in a good way!). Sometimes it’s just one simple thing, an act of caring, that reminds us all to do the right thing.

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