Remember this ? Part of a sculpture wall, made from old farm implements and rusty old nuts and bolts, by ??? No one seemed to know, which I thought decidedly odd. Christopher Vine sculpture I posted this almost a couple of years ago and said then that when I found out who made it I’d let you know. Yesterday, I was back at the Botanic Gardens and this time I saw a plaque identifying the artist as Christopher Trotter. You can’t rush some things, can you! He is featured on various sites and has a website  If the link doesn’t work, try Google seems to be working independantly!

  But…what was I doing at the Gardens? Nine of us, printmakers all, had gone there to celebrate a birthday and do some sketching. And it just happened that 2 other local artists were launching their combined show of paintings and sculptures. Photography, always tricky down there, was nigh impossible with people wandering in and out of shot, but here is a partial of one of the birds in the series. Made on an armature of twigs, bark, twine (and goodness knows what else!), with some real feathers2009_0405birthdaykay0009The artist is Lyn Kane.

I did stay and sketch for a while, but baled out as the sun was doing a pretty good job of grilling me. 


Morinda citrifolia

morinda citrifolia

Cultivated throughout SE Asia and the Pacific islands for its medicinal properties and marketed as “Noni Juice” locally, this tree belongs to the coffee family. And botanists will notice it shares a name with mulberry and even non-botanists can’t fail to spot the citrus reference. So you’d be forgiven if you thought it would have the lemony scent of one of those. Ooh! Youd be so o o disappointed. If I tell you it has also been called “stinky cheese” and “vomit tree”  would you be likely to rush out and buy some Noni Juice? No? Didn’t think so!  It is one of the most foul-smelling, slimy things I’ve ever encountered. Almost up there with Durians. Almost.  In the lower left corner, just below that tiny white flower, you can see a pale, warty-looking lump. That’s  a ripe fruit. After making the mistake of trying to pick up a fallen one, prudence and olfactory sensitivity got the better of me! Wikipedia has more information. And while I’m on the subject of malodorous vegetation…for the past few days I’ve smelt Stinkhorns nearby. I scratched about in the mulch by the back fence, but couldn’t find the culprits, so I’m guessing the fungi are in a neighbour’s mulch. Yes, go on, Google Stinkhorn fungus and see what I mean! Okay, okay, I realise this has probably sent some of you off to get Auntie’s smelling salts so I’ll leave you with something more pleasant…       

wedding venueOne of two wedding venues at the Gardens.

I hope the wind didn’t shift during the ceremony as that Morinda is just across the lawn!



Can anyone tell me why the gremlins have decided to call that top picture “Christopher VINE sculpture” ? Stupid gremlins!

3 thoughts on “PLAYING SLEUTH

  1. As soon as you mentioned durians, I got a SENSE of what you mean. As for stinky vegetation I think boxwood smell like cat pee. I used to think cats just like to pee on them, until I finally clued in it was the plant itself.
    Love seeing photos from your area, what a different world than mine.


  2. I love this sculpture! I couldn’t link to his site from yours, so I will look him up. I find this kind of artwork exciting.

    Don’t know of those stinky plants. I’m not sure we have any in out neck of the woods, I’m happy to report.

    The wedding site is lovely. I can picture the attendants milling about on the lawn.

    Yes, my muse comes and goes. Mostly only goes for a week or so. Then comes back reincarnated into some other sort of medium. Keeps life interesting.


  3. ellen…you know the dreaded durian? I’d have thought you Canadians would be safe from them!

    kate…well, you’ll certainly have some sort of smelly fungal growths, but the morinda is strictly tropical. Not a bad-looking tree, just smelly.


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