Squirrels Thank Sculptors for the Storage

Laura Richards and William Grant Turnbull thought they were hired by the Madison Public Art Project to craft sculpture for the Arboretum Longnecker Gardens. Secret squirrel influence on the project was largely underrated until this autumn. The lofty aluminum leaves of the statue are perfect for air drying and preserving Osage oranges, as any crafty creature would surmise.

“Mayapple” Sculpture Photo: R. Cuningham

At first we thought the yellow fruit high up was tennis balls, part of the sculpture. But then we saw the Osage oranges at the base. Squirrels are the only mammals who eat the fruit. Highly suspicious!

Sculpture with Osage Oranges Photo: R. Cuningham

What are squirrels or lizards up to in your neck of the woods?

¡Olé! –Rebecca

This post is part oDebbie’s Six Word Saturday.

Rebecca Cuningham

32 thoughts on “Squirrels Thank Sculptors for the Storage

    1. Squirrels can climb almost everything with top speed.
      They have speed and great agility.
      Sometimes I feel oh they will fall, but the best part is they are quick in decision making and can go from one tree to another within secs

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  1. Wow, I’m impressed at the climbing ability of those squirrels! The poles look quite smooth and tricky to climb up. Clever creatures! And what a great symbiosis of art and nature. The fruit adds to the sculpture. Thanks for sharing this, Rebecca. What an interesting observation.

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