Roadside Art: Sunburst Sculpture

71047 CA-62 Sunburst Sculpture

The above sculpture was photographed on an approach to the NW entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, at 71047 CA-62, a.k.a. the “Twentynine Palms Highway.”

A little research revealed the artist is named Simi Dabah, and that there is a nearby studio (near to the sculpture, that is), containing more than 600 sculptures!

On the one hand, knowing the details about this roadside art makes writing about it feel like a promotion of someone else’s vision, turning Campfire Tales into an advertising billboard. Yikes!

On the other hand, the sculpture is also a perfect representation of blogs in general and this one specifically.

“How does it represent blogs?” The question of, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” could just as easily be posed as, “If a sculpture stands where nobody stops to admire it, is it still art?” and also, “If ideas are expressed in a blog meant to build conversation and nobody responds, what’s the point?”

That isn’t meant to sound so pessimistic, especially as the answer to the question leads to the specific connection to Campfire Tales. The point of the sculpture (and of this blog) is to provide a creative outlet for interpretations of nature and make it available in a public forum, allowing everyone to respond as they see fit.

This blog is the response of admiration to the sculpture (and the artist), thus there is a conversation already happening, which is the point. Yes, the sculpture is art; you just admired it. Yes, the tree makes a sound; us talking about it.

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