Last weekend, I visited Ginny Mancuso in Atascadero and saw her Enchanted Forest, an ever-changing work of art where Ginny wields a concrete-mixer the way most artists handle a brush. She has created free form concrete stumps, walls, fountains and fantasy environments on the blank canvas of land she purchased in the 70s. In this art-filled world, there is also an outdoor bathtub … not so unusual other than the fact that this one is fully functional and in a setting so inviting she could charge a fee that I would gladly pay for the privilege of bathing in that sanctuary.
There's also an open air toilet … fully functional, an outdoor sleeping room, several outdoor sitting areas, tea party alcoves and a few dining areas. After building her house, her contractor asked her why she bothered with the house and she replied that she needed some place to keep her stuff.
Everywhere you look, there are words, color, sparkle, fairies, dragons, and magic. After visiting with Ginny and being invited to come back at night when it lights up (an offer I will definitely accept), I made a piece of art from her art garden. I'll share that and just a couple of photos from her garden with the hope that they inspires you as much as they did me.