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Thursday, June 17, 2004

Art from nature

John Matheny, a 72 year old retiree from Taylorville, creates art from yard waste. Specifically, the balls from the sweet gum tree. One of his creations is a statute entitled "Lincoln the Circuit Rider." It appears to be a lifesize statute of Abraham Lincoln riding a horse. It is made entirely from sweet gum balls. (Story and picture.) Amazing and very cool.

There are hundreds of gum trees around this neighborhood. Every year, we throw away five or six barrels of "gum balls" from this house alone. A few years ago, a lady across the street was taking a walk, stepped on a gum ball, went rolling down the sidewalk, fell, and broke her nose.

Posted by Marie at June 17, 2004 12:40 AM