Monday, 19 September 2011

Concrete Evidence

The Aliens have landed.
They've been here for a while.

 
It's Artist's Studio Tour time in Ontario. And the first stop on my Uxbridge area tour every year has to be Walter Tinkl's converted school house. It's not your everyday artist's studio. The tour brochure says "In 1965 Tinkl moved in and the concrete came out. Now the property is a fantasy of aqua-ducts and riots of figures."  

It certainly is!

It was an overcast dull morning when I visited, and many of my photos could be better, but you can see more pictures of his work taken on a sunnier day here.

 
Just wandering through his property takes me to another world. A world he has created for his own amusement. An extraordinary world of fantasy and imagination and horror and dedication and creativity and just plain weirdness.

 The artist in his garden, contemplating his next concrete creation. There are paths through the foliage and seats everywhere. Unique indeed. More pictures soon.

13 comments:

dogbait said...

That second one definitely looks like that guy I wrote about at the end of my last post.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I went to the link---He really does see things and creates things in a very unique way---Such imagination! I look forward to more of your pictures, too, my dear...What a fascinatinf creature he is!! Just like the figues he creates!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Just an extraordinary imagination indeed! I went to the link too and I agree with you, much fantasy and creativity.

Anvilcloud said...

It's strange what moves different people: strange but interesting.

stardust said...

World of fantasy full of figures of pleasant imaginary creatures! Thank you for sharing.

Ming the Merciless said...

Funny sculptures esp. the first and third one.

photowannabe said...

Strange, creative and fun.
Not too sure I want those in my garden but they are a hoot to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Love the contemplative artist shot too.

madretz said...

Ok, I followed the link too...now that is just sooo amazing! I would have loved to wander through his sculpture garden with you. Whimsical, odd, out of the ordinary and definitely a peek into another world.

Studio tours offer such an insight into an artist's life. Where they create, what mediums they use, how they categorize, organize and put their tools not to mention seeing their fantastic creations.

Ash said...

Interesting :-)

Hilary said...

I love a creative mind... fun stuff.

Charles Ravndal said...

I really like the first photo! It reminds me of a certain in this anime I watched way way back!

EG Wow said...

I always enjoy visiting this place. It's like nowhere else.

Ginnie said...

Totally unbelievable, Sham. I looked at the link and was gobsmacked! No wonder that's the first place you go every year! Can you imagine living with him???