Making an Impression

Some years ago I visited my daughter whilst she was at University, on a trip to the local pub we came across ……


Feeling this might be a rather extreme form of abstract art, I asked why it was here.

Apparently the chap had fallen out with the planning department  over some modifications and settled on this rather more attention seeking alteration.


Which reminds me of a neighbour of my first wife’s parents.

They lived in the South of France in a lovely private park, well of course they would it’s nice down there.

Anyway back to the story,the neighbour had just had a new house built in this beautiful private park, and felt that his wife’s car a ‘2CV’ ( yes that’s two horsepower), Citroen was perhaps not in keeping with the gawdy modernistic box they had just constructed, so he had a white stone plinth built , took the car to a scrap dealer and had it ‘cubed’ ,then placed in the garden as a statue, he said for his wife’s birthday…

Unfortunately cars are made from metal, when metal gets wet it rusts, so said statue on white plinth now looks quite tacky covered in rust.

  • a definite case of post modernistic fatigue.


Fortunately some folks are much more creative and artistic when recycling old items..

The City of Amsterdam is a case in point. Captured on a street corner  was….




Which I’m pretty sure is a spent cannon from the days of  tall ships, Nelson, Hawkins and Frobisher, oh all right if you insist let’s add Henry the navigator – as he was Portuguese.

So to find something more modern…. found hiding in the Floriade of 1992 was this fascinating  parting of the waters.Image


Finally I guess we must find something at least a tad attractive, useful, and functional….

The modern periscope.

Well it meets the functionality test, fails on useful as it’s blocking everyone else’s view, and it’s not very attractive…mmm on reflection I’ll stick to watching Formula One on the TV !


So here we have attractive, functional, useful….. and natural, amazing how nature has it all if we just take a look !




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Chris Coope

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Born in Great Britain, Chris Dyson-Coope followed his training and passion in the field of horticulture for decades. This path led him to multiple awards for landscape design and many prestigious projects in the United Kingdom and the U.S. Chris has received 19 national awards for projects as varied as city parks, urban regeneration, playgrounds, office parks and streetscapes. He pioneered the use of designer drives in the 1980s utilizing Permacrib to create structural green walls and award-winning green roofs in London. Most recently, Dyson-Coope has nurtured his interest as an educational innovator to produce an Internet radio show (, books on landscaping, and a series of fictional children's books that explore non-fictional themes such as sustainable agriculture, geography, and history. Convinced that the younger generation can (and must) learn from the older generation, as well as blazing new paths toward a sustainable future for a planet in deep distress from climate change and unsustainable practices, Dyson-Coope presents workable solutions in multiple formats, from books to inventions, podcasts and educational media. With several horticultural patents to his credit, the noted horticulturalist looks to the future with hope that the younger generation will grab the "torch" of innovation to develop and maintain a more sustainable world for us all. Dyson-Coope is a member of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture and serves as Director of Children's Sustainable Education for Energime University. Chris lives in Weston, Missouri, with his lovely wife, Cindi.

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