October 10 Day 216: I Wonder

My husband Mark and I have been walking in the mornings for around two months. It helps us see the beauty in the world and start the day with a positive attitude. Now that the academic year is back in full swing our adventures are more repetitive and local. But even after several visits to the same location, the sights can be surprising.

On this particular morning, something caught my eye along the sound’s shore:

The eroded metal looked like a face, the embedded rock a heart, and the roots an embrace. It reminded me of a monochrome version of classic works by the artist formerly known as Brian Andreas (now Kai Skye.) In particular, “No Words” (2000) seemed to mirror the tilt of the head, the angle of the embrace, and the legs off to the side.

I questioned whether it was my mind trying to put order onto a random assemblage or it was a purposeful placement. A closer look along the waterfront revealed more natural-but-unlikely structures. The impossibly balanced limbs and stones, together with rebar all in close proximity, must mean someone has been busy. I wonder who?

Postscript: I have been a long time collector of works from Brian Andreas and the company he founded, Story People. A recent post by friend Carol Schumacher of a perfect pandemic story from Story People didn’t have the same artistic choices as earlier works. After investigation, I leave you with two lovely pandemic stories—one from each, now separate artistic enterprises.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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