Many years ago I received, as a birthday gift, what was immediately labelled the artifact. It’s an ancient manure spreader, purchased from a nearby farmer and slowly, while I was away for the day, pulled by tractor along the road and into our back field. What a surprise to come upon it!
I loved it then and still do – and have experimented with many ways to display it: letting wild raspberries, Goldenrod and other tall natives grow up in the middle; planting asparagus along one side; allowing it become almost entirely hidden by uncut grasses – just a corner or two peeking out.
I think I’ve settled on this – two Burning Bushes (Euonymus alatus) purchased and planted because the giver of the artifact loves them, and mow down everything else. I love this view of the artifact, especially in late October into November when the bush leaves do indeed appear to be in flames. I know design theory says to plant things in threes but in this particular instance, I think the third similar object is the artifact itself – its rusting spokes, wheels and body has become the third point in this triangle.